1,365. 10/31/1998

“On October 31, 1998, under intense lobbying by PNAC [Project for the New American Century], CPSG [Committee for Peace and Security in the Gulf], and others, Congress and President [Bill] Clinton enacted the Iraq Liberation Act, which states, ‘It should be the policy of the United States to support efforts to remove the regime headed by Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq and to promote the emergence of a democratic government to replace that regime.’ It authorized the president to provide ‘the Iraqi democratic opposition’ with $2 million in support of radio and television broadcasting and $97 million in military and other defense support. The money went to the Iraqi National Congress, which had been formed seven years earlier under the guidance of the CIA to unite Iraq’s leading Shiite, Kurdish, and secular organizations in their opposition to Hussein. Ahmed Chalabi, a secular Iraqi Shiite…was the most recognized leader of the group.”

 – Antonia Juhasz, The Bush Agenda, Pages 178-179

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