Loaded Questions

The CNN.com QuickVote poll at the moment is this:

Does the potential threat posed by Iraq justify the risk of high American casualties?

The current results are 51% Yes and 49% No, but the question seems to be a rather oddly worded. Looking realistically at the potential for causualties, more American military personnel have died in accidents than have died by enemy fire in Afghanistan, and Iraq is unlikely to be much different. The last war against Iraq, conducted against that nation when it had the 4th largest army in the world, resulted fewer than 200 American casualties from enemy fire. To say that there’s a high rish of large numbers of American casualties for a potential Iraqi attack now seems to be more a way of skewing the poll than getting a realistic assessment of how people feel about removing Saddam from power.

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