Occassionally, one hears a pro-war voice saying something like, "Well, no one ever said Iraq would be quick or easy!"
It's a lie, folks. It was supposed to be very quick and very easy, and pay for itself as the US robbed Iraqis of their oil:
"And then, with the resources from Iraq, the oil, for example, will cause it to be able to transition very quickly and actually cause a big change, I think, in the Middle East."
-- Gen. David Grange on CNN in 2003, quoted by Glenn Greenwald