Raw Story has the Path of War Timeline, laying out how we got into this mess. Corporate media has the balls to say, after covering none of this during the lead up to war, that there is nothing new here. So after apologizing for failing to debunk the WMD myth, the NYT is now failing to cover the DSM. Unbelievable.
Here's a sample of what's in the timeline. Proof that [a] Bush had independently committed the country to war in 2002, violating the Constitution which only gives Congress the power to declare war (he wouldn't ask Congress for permission for months), and [b] Cheney/Rummy/Wolfy were dumb as rocks as war planners.
"February 13, 2002: Ken Adelman, a onetime assistant to Donald Rumsfeld, writes that the conquest of Iraq would be a cakewalk: 'I believe demolishing Hussein's military power and liberating Iraq would be a cakewalk. Let me give simple, responsible reasons: (1) It was a cakewalk last time; (2) they've become much weaker; (3) we've become much stronger; and (4) now we're playing for keeps..."
You could say he was half-right. "Demolishing Hussein's military power" was a cakewalk, considering our containment policies had been brutally effective and Iraq's military was decimated to begin with.
It was the "liberation" that the Bushies fucked up, and you can attribute that to [a] a complete lack of any planning by Rummy for the post-war liberation, and [b] the complete ignoring of a detailed post-war plan prepared by Colin's State Department.