5,974. 6/28/2004

“On June 28, 2004, in a secret ceremony in Baghdad, the invasion and occupation of Iraq by the United States was officially brought to an end. Held two days ahead of schedule to confound insurgents who threatened attacks, the handover of authority from the Americans to the Iraqis took place without a hitch. …It was a handover in name only, not in deed. For, not only did 140,000 troops remain on the streets of Iraq under U.S. control, but virtually all of [Coalition Provisional Authority leader L. Paul] Bremer’s 100 Orders remained in effect.”

 – Antonia Juhasz, The Bush Agenda, Page 241

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