As the U.S. “celebrates” the tenth anniversary of George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq, MPO Research Group (Washington) released a report today that finds two-thirds of the 57 percent of Americans who supported the attack during the war’s early stages still believe it was the right thing to do. 

Despite widespread knowledge that the justification of the war -- Iraq had weapons of mass destruction -- turned out to be bogus, only a third of early war backers have since changed their minds. That distressing number illustrates the harmful nature of spin. It’s hard to un-spin spin, especially when it was presented by an authority figure like the president of the U.S.