Boom Town…*

The reality-based community is expanding rapidly:

Poll: Many Fear Iraq Hurting Terror Fight

WASHINGTON — A growing number of Americans fear the war in Iraq is undermining the fight against terrorism and raising the risk of terrorist attacks in this country, a poll found.

Almost half, 47 percent, say the war in Iraq has hurt the fight against terrorism — the highest number to say that since the war began in March 2003, according to the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

And about the same number, 45 percent, said soon after the first round of subway bombings in London that the war in Iraq was raising the risk of terrorism in this country. That’s up from 36 percent last fall. [AP]

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