Yes, the Dems just went right along with it, probably afraid that they’d be pilloried as traitor’s for demanding more investigation and/or doubting the “official” word. A small excerpt is below:
The U.S. Congress, and leadership *of both parties, have been extremely deferential to those engaging in campaigns of deception, and along with the mainstream press failed ask many questions. Partly this was due to intimidation campaigns. But this is changing, given the course of events.
The inescapable conclusion we must draw is that the Bush administration policy leading into the Iraq War was dominated by officials, grouped under Cheney and Rumsfeld in particular, principally neocons and including Wolfowitz, Libby, Feith, Perle, Abrams, Shulsky, Luti, Bolton, Joseph, Hadley, Wurmser, Franklin, Cambone, Ledeen, Card, Hughes, Rhode, Rove and others who as a matter of policy, and without any moral qualms, deliberately practiced deception to build their case for war. They were not duped by conniving Europeans or badly served by incompetent CIA analysts. They were engaging in “psyops,” psychological operations, principally against their own people, whom they needed to delude with the most frightening imagery (“a mushroom cloud”) to get their job done.*