5,049. 5/12/2003

Coalition Provisional Authority leader “Ambassador L. Paul Bremer III arrived in Baghdad on May 12, 2003, with two draft edicts that he, as the president’s [Bush’s] designated envoy and with the president’s full authority, would issue within days of his arrival in Iraq. In magnitude, they were on par with the decision to base the action to remove Saddam upon the UN resolutions addressing WMD. These two immediate postoccupation decisions doomed prospects for a controlled post-Saddam transition. They were based on avoidable ignorance.”

 – Charles Duelfer, Hide and Seek, Page 309

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