*At around 0230 GMT on March 20th, 2003, shortly after the 48-hour deadline for Saddam Hussein to quit expired, The United States launched its first series of air strikes on Baghdad.
*On May 1, 2003, speaking underneath a "Mission Accomplished" banner aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, President Bush announced an end to major combat operations in Iraq.
*On May 31, 2005, Vice President Cheney declared the Iraqi insurgency to be in its "last throes".
*Republican Senator Chuck Hagel declared that "we're losing in Iraq" on June 19th. 2005.
*To this date a total of 2317 American soldiers have been killed in the war with Iraq, 2180 since "major combat operations ended".
*Although it is nearly impossible to accurately count the number of dead Iraqis, the total is estimated to be more than 33,600.
*Based on congressional appropriations, the estimated cost of the war in Iraq is more than $248 billion.
My heart aches.