The read we get on the people of Iraq is there is no question but what they want to the get rid of Saddam Hussein and they will welcome as liberators the United States when we come to do that.
The reality of it all is Vice President Richard Cheney and President George W Bush could not have been more wrong. The answers Dick Cheney gave to Tim Russert were later proven to be figments of Dick Cheney's imagination on the Drumbeat to war in Iraq. The interview with Dick Cheney by Tim Russert was one of few serious penetrating inquisition by the press truly examining the consequences if the prediction my the Bush administration turn sour and they did.
A total of 4,486 U.S. soldiers were killed in Iraq between 2003 and 2012, The war has killed at least 134,000 Iraqi civilians and may have contributed to the deaths of as many as four times that number, according to the Costs of War Project by the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University.
The U.S. war in Iraq has cost $1.7 trillion with an additional $490 billion in benefits owed to war veterans, expenses that could grow to more than $6 trillion over the next four decades counting interest