3,534. 5/11/2002

"Saturday, May 11, 2002, had been set aside for a major review of the [Iraq invasion] planning by the president [Bush] at his Camp David retreat. The president was not just getting a briefing, but offering advice. It was important, Bush instructed, to portray the invasion as the liberation of Iraq. Messages should be prepared stressing that American forces were moving to free the Iraqis and were not interested in being occupiers."

 – Cobra II, Michael R. Gordon and Bernard E. Trainor, 5/11/2002

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