See today's Counterpunch, Byrd's Eye View for a review of Senator Robert Byrd's new book, Losing America. He anticipated what we see today -- the terrible trifecta of a thousand American deaths, a President without a conscience and the loss of control over the entire Sunni Triangle to exactly the religious extremists we were going to fight (on the last point, Shariat law is in full force in Falluja, and has been for some time).
With all his crimes, Saddam was not a religious bigot. Bush may have eased the path for Iran -- and Al Qaeda -- to play a bigger role in the region.
Byrd railed against all this from a simple standpoint -- a war is not for the president to declare. A constitutional purist, he reasoned that it was too serious a matter to be left to one man. All we had to do was follow the rules. But I forget. If we had, we wouldn't have had this presidency... Duh!