The Iraq war began on March 20, 2003, to rid Iraq of a dictator and eliminate his weapons of mass destruction. The images remain fresh even as the memories fade - the blinding flash of "shock and awe" bombing, the square-jawed confidence of an American president leading his people into war, the cowering prisoner trembling on the ground in the face of a small piece of American power.
(The tombstone for Army Capt. Russell B. Rippetoe stands in Section 60, in Arlington National Cemetery Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Arlington, Va. An Army Ranger, Rippetoe was the first casualty of the Iraq war buried at Arlington National Cemetery. He waskilled in Iraq on April 3, 2003. March 20, 2013, marks the 10th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon))