4,373. 1/15/2003

The National Intelligence Council’s January 2003 report, titled ‘Principal Challenges in Post-Saddam Iraq,’ “predicted that ‘The building of an Iraqi democracy would be a long, difficult, and probably turbulent process. …[A] post-Saddam authority would face a deeply divided society with a significant chance that domestic groups would engage in violent conflict with each other unless an occupying force prevented them from doing so.’ “ [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Richard N. Haass, War of Necessity, War of Choice, Page 255

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