Here is a good site to read up on military operations. http://www.globalsecurity.org/
War is not something anyone wants to do but sometimes necessary when dialogue does not. I would agree that the whole Iraq ordeal is something that has caused everyone some pain in some form. Being in the military is not easy today nor in the past. Just don't cheapen those who gave their lives to support and defend the country you live in with such freedom! Try leaving your family behind and going to a foreign land only to be in harms way. Yes its our decision to join but that is part of the job. There is good in all this aftermath if you care to find out!