5,078. 5/16/2003

Following Coalition Provisional Authority leader Jerry Bremer's May 16, 2003, decision to outlaw the Baath Party: "Lieutenant General Richard Sanchez, the U.S. Commander in Iraq, subsequently described the order as 'devastating… [E]ssentially it eliminated the entire government and civic capacity of the nation.' "

 – Dov S. Zakheim, A Vulcan’s Tale, 204

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