4,338. 1/5/2003

“In early January [2003], Douglas Feith, an undersecretary of defense for policy…contacted Jay Garner, a retired three-star general who had overseen the relief effort in Kurdistan, in northern Iraq, after the 1991 Persian Gulf War. Feith asked if Garner would run a new civilian postwar planning office and eventually take it to Iraq, and Garner accepted the challenge without knowing what a challenge it would become. Feith told Garner that he probably wouldn’t have to be in Iraq for long, perhaps just ninety days, because Feith predicted that by then an Iraqi government would be formed and an American ambassador dispatched to Baghdad.” [The 5th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Elisabeth Bumiller, Condoleezza Rice: An American Life, Page 205

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