Ok, Bob- how about the words from the mouth of Lawrence Wilkerson, Chief of Staff at the State Department who prepared
Colon Powell's erroneous testimony- is this official enough?
When asked about the evidence presented to the UN and Congress to justify the war he said:
"It makes me feel terrible. I've said in other places that it was-- constitutes the lowest point in my professional life.
My participation in that presentation at the UN constitutes the lowest point in my professional life.
I participated in a hoax on the American people, the international community and the United Nations Security Council. How do you think that makes me feel? Thirty-one years in the United States Army and I more or less end my career with that kind of a blot on my record? That's not a very comforting thing. "
From-http://www.pbs.org/now/politics/wilkerson.html . . . . .