Two intelligence assessments from January 2003 predicted that the overthrow of Saddam Hussein and subsequent U.S. occupation of Iraq could lead to internal violence and provide a boost to Islamic extremists and terrorists in the region, according to congressional sources and former intelligence officials familiar with the prewar studies.
Yes, no one could have imagined that Iraq would go to hell as a result of our invasion. Oh, no, that's right, someone did imagine it. Bush simply ignored the advice of his experts. And now 3,400 American soldiers and Marine, and tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of Iraqi civilians are dead as a result. And don't forget, Iraq is 1/10th the size of the US - their population is 27 million, ours is 300 million - so their civilian deaths, per capita, would be equivalent to hundreds of thousands, and potentially millions, of American civilians killed.
- John Aravosis (DC), AmericaBlog.com