5,456. 10/27/2003

Secretary of Defense Donald “Rumsfeld’s office gave [Director of the Coalition Provisional Authority L. Paul] Bremer a memo drafted by [Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul] Wolfowitz and [Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas] Feith that proposed a new plan: sovereignty would be handed over to an expanded version of the Governing Council by the following spring [2004]. Bremer objected, saying [on October 27, 2003] that there needed to be some kind of legal framework before a transfer of power could take place. ‘I don’t think it would be responsible to turn over sovereignty to a nonelected Iraqi body with no constitution in place,’ Bremer told Rumsfeld. ‘We’d risk Iraq falling into disorder or civil war, with no constitution to shape Iraq’s political structure and to guarantee individual and minority rights.’ ”

 – Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Imperial Life in the Emerald City, Pages 193-194

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