In spite of the attempts to sugarcoat and obfuscate the justifications for the invasion and occupation of Iraq the evidence is clear and un-spinable – these three men lied on multiple occasions to the American people, and the World community.
In summary, US News reported in 2013:
“According to a recent Gallup poll, a majority of Americans believe that the Iraq War was not worth fighting. “Our war in Iraq, I think was the most fundamentally bad, dangerous decision since Vietnam,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said during his confirmation hearing. (Hagel voted for the war when he was a U.S. senator.) And Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., told the Arizona Republic, “I think the legacy of this is always going to be that it was a mistake, that it was pre-emptive, that it wasn’t based on real information, and that the whole struggle could have been handled differently.”