the goal was to make iraq a good place smack dab in the middle of the middle east, that hasn't happened. i still think the iraqis are (slightly) better off now without saddam, but that wasn't the goal. i don't know who or why people thought this would be quick. i sure didn't, although i did think there would be less US troops in iraq now than three years ago. doesn't show much progress.
ps- also, it is easy to be soured by lies from our leaders.