Making Russia great again!
Consider the knowledge and briefings all three of them had and were in before Bush was president. All three of them already had vast defense experience for the federal government, and bush (43) had only state level experience. He relied on them.
>>While I think the war was not the best idea, I can understand how it happened, and if Saddam wasn't such a thorn in the side of the WORLD, then maybe this would have never happened.
A thorn in the side can be preferable to some other alternatives. A terrible price has been and is being paid to remove that thorn.
I lost track of another comment I wanted to respond to, but the point I wanted to make is that chemical weapons, which is what Iraq had, in large part because, as someone else noted, we gave them to him to strengthen his position against Iran, have an effective shelf-life.