Chart of the Day: Still Plenty of Love for the Iraq War

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It looks like perhaps age brings wisdom after all. According to a Gallup poll released today, nearly 60 percent of those age 50 and older agree that it was a mistake to invade Iraq. Among those younger than 50, only 50 percent think it was a mistake.

That’s small potatoes, though, compared to the overall result. How is it, ten years after the fact and with the benefit of hindsight, that 42 percent of the country still believes that invading Iraq wasn’t a mistake? What would it take to convince these people? World War I on the Tigris? This bodes ill for the prospect that we might be a wee bit more skeptical the next time our government tries to scare us all into a war.

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