No End in Sight
On March 19, 2003, forces from the United States and a handful of allied nations invaded Iraq to remove Saddam Hussein from power.
American military leaders expected the conflict to last no more than a few months, and President George W. Bush declared that major military operations were over less than two months later.
However, Iraq soon became a dangerous quagmire for American forces, and near the end of 2006, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, one of the key architects of America’s strategy in Iraq, resigned from office due to public outcry and Bush declared he was “rethinking” his plan of attack in Iraq as the nation sank into civil war, with U.S. troops the frequent targets of attacks on both sides.
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