A play on words (created by one Jon Stewart) which serves on The Daily Show
as a reoccuring update on the War in Iraq. The term originates from the word mesopotamia, an ancient region of Iraq. The area was the home of numerous early civilizations and declined in importance after Mongol invaders destroyed its extensive irrigation system.
Other variation: mess-o-potamia, mess o'potamia
Here is the latest report..on messopotamia.