5,035. 5/8/2003

“The United States, on behalf of the Coalition forces, laid out the framework for the occupation of Iraq, including the role of the Coalition Provisional Authority [CPA], in a letter submitted to the UN Security Council on May 8, 2003. The letter stipulated that the CPA was to ‘exercise powers of government temporarily, and as necessary’ in Iraq. As the occupation government, it would provide security, allow the delivery of humanitarian aid, and eliminate weapons of mass destruction. In addition, it would provide ‘for the responsible administration of the Iraqi financial sector, for humanitarian relief, for economic reconstruction, for the transparent operation and repair of Iraq’s infrastructure and natural resources, and for the progressive transfer of administrative responsibilities to such representative institutions of government.’ ”

 – Antonia Juhasz, The Bush Agenda, Page 187

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