"'One of the mistakes I made in my assumptions going in was that the Iraqi
people and the Iraqi Army would welcome liberation, that the Iraqi Army, given
the opportunity, would stand together for the Iraqi people and be available to
them to help serve the new nation,' Gen. Peter Pace said. But 'they
disintegrated in the face of the coalition's first several weeks of combat, so
they weren't here,' Pace said."
There were people who predicted that this would be the case, but no one knew what the outcome would be of the attack. It has been argued that the war itself was a mistake, and I am close to saying they are right. It was a mistake because of the way that it was executed. Bush took the cowboy stand of, you're either for us or against us, come and help or stay out of the way.
Iraq was a danger that needed to be dealt with, it was supporting terrorists in the West Bank and Gaza. While there have been no connections shown between Iraq and Al Qaeda, that doesn't mean that weapons of mass destruction could not have made their way from Iraqi hands into the hands of Bin Laden. The world is a better place, and Iraq is a better place without Saddam.
I think that if Bush had gone through the UN more, been more willing to talk and bring other voices to the table it would have made the invasion force stronger. More nations on board would have made it less of an invasion and more of an honest international action to stop Saddam.