3,264. 12/28/2001

Speaking to the National Security Council on December 28, 2001, Central Command leader General Tommy “Franks turned to the principal reason for the meeting that day, the Iraq war planning.” He presented an elaborate plan called Top Secret/Polo Step, which aimed to influence the Iraqi people to rise up against Saddam. “To be effective with the influence operations, we need to start immediately, Franks said, not to say we are going to invade Iraq, but to begin to pick away at the Iraqi regime, its intelligence service, for example, and their people in embassies around the world.”

 – Bob Woodward, Plan of Attack, Page 60

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