69% of Americans think that there's a likely connection between the 9/11 attacks and Saddam Hussein, despite there being no evidence of a link. What's interesting is how the Bush Administration exploits this false link without ever exactly endorsing it.
Bush ... did not say directly that Hussein was culpable in the Sept. 11 attacks. But he frequently juxtaposed Iraq and al Qaeda in ways that hinted at a link.It's a postmodern update on the Big Lie - you don't ever have to actually tell the lie, you just have to hint around it and everyone believes it.
"You couldn't distinguish between al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein," said Democratic tactician Donna Brazile. "Every member of the administration did the drumbeat. My mother said if you repeat a lie long enough, it becomes a gospel truth. This one became a gospel hit."
In follow-up interviews, poll respondents were generally unsure why they believed Hussein was behind the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, often describing it as an instinct that came from news reports and their long-standing views of Hussein.