A senior official from former President George W. Bush's administration is quoted in “Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House” saying American troops went into Iraq because the U.S. was looking for a fight. "The only reason we went into Iraq, I tell people now, is we were looking for somebody’s ass to kick. Afghanistan was too easy," the anonymous official said, according to Politico.
--from a new book coming out by Peter Baker of the NYTimes.
That desire to go beat up somebody, anybody, after 9/11 cost the lives of more than 4000 US soldiers and over 500,000 Iraqis, most of them civilians.
I'm amazed that so many people not only got away with this, but can still face themselves.