3,398. 2/16/2002

“DB/Anabasis was the code name for an extensive covert operations plan that had been drawn up by the CIA to destabilize and ultimately topple the regime of Saddam Hussein. (DB was the agency cryptonym for Iraq.) …Anabasis was no-holds-barred covert action. It called for installing a small army of paramilitary CIA officers on the ground inside Iraq…[which] could be used to initiate a full-scale war. …On February 16, 2002, President Bush signed covert findings authorizing the various elements of Anabasis.”

 – Michael Isikoff and David Corn, Hubris, Pages 6-9

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