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.
(FILE - A looter rests on a fountain in the lobby of a smoke filled Sheraton hotel in Basra, Iraq on Monday, April 7, 2003. People ransacked the burning hotel after rocket propelled grenades struck the building according to British forces. (AP Photo/DavidGuttenfelder, File))