And the spectacularly disastrous effects persist, and will for many years. But that's to be tossed into the national memory hole:
A memory hole is any mechanism for the alteration or disappearance of inconvenient or embarrassing documents, photographs, transcripts, or other records, particularly as part of an attempt to give the impression that something never happened. The concept was first popularized by George Orwell's dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. In the novel, the memory hole is a slot into which government officials deposit politically inconvenient documents and records to be destroyed. A document placed in the memory hole is supposedly transported to an incinerator from which "not even the ash remains".
A total of 4,486 U.S. soldiers were killed in Iraq between 2003 and 2012. Regarding the Iraqis, however, information on both military and civilian casualties is both less precise and less consistent. Estimates of Iraqi casualty levels range from 110,600 deaths (Associated Press) to 151,000 (Iraq Family Health Survey). A few estimates are much higher.
Additionally, in November 2006 the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees estimated that 1.8 million Iraqis had been displaced to neighboring countries, and 1.6 million were displaced internally.
Costs of the Iraq war are notoriously difficult to estimate, in part due to many costs being ongoing and not yet encountered. In 2007 the Congressional Budget Office estimated conservatively that the long-term price tag for the Iraq war would be approximately $1.9 trillion in 2007 dollars, or $6,300 per U.S. citizen.
"A memory hole is any mechanism for the alteration or disappearance of inconvenient or embarrassing documents, photographs, transcripts, or other records..."
Didn't dick Cheney hurt his back when the bushies finally slinked out of the White House? The miserable creep probably hurt himself as he helped shred mountains of files pertaining to their war crimes. It's a stretch, but I wouldn't put it past them.