This morning on Fox News Sunday, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was asked if the Bush administration fairly [can] be criticized for failing to level with the American people about how long and difficult this commitment will be?
Rice responded: The administration, I think, has said to the American people that it is a generational commitment to Iraq.
As Think Progess points out: Thats not true. To build support for the war the administration told the American people that the conflict in Iraq will be short and affordable. Read a laundry list of their statements here.