Does anybody (or everybody) see this admission as shocking; the merits of the life and death decision to go to war in Iraq wasn't even discussed at the highest levels of our gov't. Everywhere in America (from kitchen tables to corporate boardrooms), important decisions are discussed and debated. "Should we do X? Or should we do Y? What are our other options? What are the pros and cons of each possible choice? Is there any other way we could accomplish our goals with less risk and a lower cost in lives and treasure? But our country just stumbled into a debacle, with apparently little, if any, thought being given to the consequences. Frankly, I think our founding fathers would be appalled at the cavalier manner in which the decision was made and the haphazard way in which the plan was executed, seemingly with no real foresight into the possible hornet's nest we were stirring up.