4,276. 12/15/2002

“Senators Joe Biden [D-DE] and Chuck Hagel [R-NE] were in the [Middle East] region on a fact-finding mission and, along with the U.S. ambassador to Kuwait, briefly attended the classified war game [called Internal Look, held by Central Command during December 2002]. …Biden had a concern on his mind: the biggest worry in Washington beyond the White House and the Pentagon was the lack of clarity about the postwar plan. ‘Phase IV worries America,’ Biden said, referring to the official designation of the postcombat phase of the [Iraq] war.” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Michael R. Gordon and Bernard E. Trainor, Cobra II, Page 106

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