The war in Iraq was a mindless invasion.
George Bush cited "weapons of mass destruction" as a major reason for invading Iraq. However, India, China, Pakistan, and North Korea all harbor weapons of mass destruction, and, while we might sometimes act less than chivalrous to the leaders of these nations, I don't recall an invasion (not that we should invade yet another country, of course.) As it turned out, Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction at all.
Soldiers have been dying in Iraq at an alarming rate. Lives are being lost for a war that was begun on the magic carpet of a president's suspicion. According to an Associated Press count, of Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007, at least 3,431 members of the U.S. military have died in Iraq since the beginning of the war in March 2003.
The war has costed us $400 billion, not mentioning fallen soldiers and the civilians killed in suicide bombings. This number is bound to grow as we continue along the winding, seemingly never-ending path of the Iraq War. A gravelly road. The Bush Administration implied Saddam Hussein, former ruler of Iraq, had ties to al-Qaeda, and that overthrowing him and his administration would lead to democratic rule in the Middle East, decreasing terrorist attacks and terrorism over all. However, CIA and US State Department reports didn't find anything to support an operation connection between Hussein and al-Qaeda.
I believe the war has been a combined catastrophe of hopelessness and hurdles, mindlessness and mistakes. Everyday the radio blares another casualty of war, another son or sister, father, mother. People all around the world look at America as the prodigal country, the gambler of blood, so that the term "Mission Accomplished" is, alas, "Mission Gone Wrong."