4,862. 3/21/2003

“On March 21, 2003–the second day of the war–[National Security Advisor Condoleezza] Rice and [her deputy Stephen] Hadley gave the president [Bush] and the NSC [National Security Council] a formal briefing on the nine U.S. and coalition war objectives. …One goal was stated as: ‘Iraq is seen to be moving towards democratic institutions and serves as a model for the region.’ In addition, they had to ‘place as many Iraqi faces in positions of visible authority as quickly as possible. …Accomplish the above urgently.’ ”

 – Bob Woodward, State of Denial, Page 153

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