Do you discount stories like these?
WASHINGTON -- Former CIA director Stansfield Turner accused the Bush administration Tuesday of ''overstretching the facts'' about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction in making its case for invading that country.
Turner's broadside adds the retired admiral's name to a list of former intelligence professionals concerned that the CIA and its intelligence reports were manipulated to justify the war. Since Baghdad fell April 9, U.S. forces have been unable to find chemical and biological weapons the White House said were in Iraq.
If so, you may be experiencing cognitive dissonance
If learning something has been difficult, uncomfortable, or even humiliating enough, people are not likely to admit that the content of what has been learned is not valuable. To do so would be to admit that one has been "had," or "conned".