a big take away from this is that we were LIED to about the reasons for going to war
I get so tired of this bull shite statement. You sound like REX with his biased mis-use of the word "lie."
There was pretty close to universal agreement over the facts as they were known in the decision to go into Iraq to remove the Saddam regime - the official policy of the CLINTON admin even before the attacks on 9-11.
There were a dozen rationales for the invasion that did not depend on the presence of wmd.
There is no question that in 20/20 hindsight that the wmd were not actually discovered, and that there may have been an intelligence failure in not knowing the precise details of the situation there.
However, the preponderance of the evidence AT THE TIME was that Saddam possessed wmd and was pressing for more.
AT THE TIME, every fricking DEM was falling all over themselves demanding that we take out Saddam - and whining that the 9/11 attack didn't occur during Clinton's tenure so HE could be the "war president."
You history-revisionist bastards who change stripes afterwards with self-rightious hubris make me sick.
DEMs made the switch from gung-ho "let's go kill Saddam" to "oh - this was a bad war" only as a political move. They discovered that Bush's popularity needed to be taken out and enlisted their ally the MSM to begin the drum-beat of "war based on lies."
Now your hero LBJ - he actually DID lie to get us neck deep into the Vietnam war. He just made up an incident to push thru the Gulf of Tonkin resolution. That bastard LIED about the reason to 'go to war' but never gets dumped on like Bush.
I hated LBJ from the time I was a kid - based on my grandfather's hatred for him. My grandfather knew him, and knew he was a lying bastard with no conscience. However even I supported his decision based on the 'Gulf of Tonkin' incident.
Never in my wildest imagination could I believe that a President of the United States, even a bad man like LBJ, would intentionally LIE to the American public - and to the congress - about something as serious as going to war.
You bastards that continue the 'bush lied' bull shite piss me off.