WASHINGTON â On the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, one-third of the American people continue to believe that Saddam Hussein was “personally involved” in the terrorist assault, according to one recent poll.
Other surveys show that a larger number â 40 percent or more â believe that Iraq had some role in the attacks, or that Iraq gave substantial support to al-Qaida.
The 9/11 Commission and intelligence experts never found such a connection, but even after six years of reports and news accounts, the myth of a strong Iraq-Sept. 11 link persists.
“The Bush administration has been extremely clever at suggesting connections without being explicit,” [Ohio State political science professor John] Mueller said. “And if you support the war, you want to believe it. You hear soldiers in Iraq all the time say that they’re there because of 9/11.”