3,702. 8/6/2002

In a paper titled 'Liberation Strategy for Iraq,' written by National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice on August 6, 2002, to help formulate U.S. policy with respect to an Iraq invasion, Rice stated: " 'When we move to bring about a change of regime in Iraq, we would want:
*The Iraqi population to believe that they will be enfranchised politically and better off economically as a consequence of U.S. actions.
*To create a democratic, unified Iraq that can be a model of good governance for the region and a strategic partner of the United States, and to describe the U.S. effort as a struggle for the Iraqi people. Such an Iraq would have [a] transforming effect on the region.
*We do not want the world to view U.S. actions in Iraq as a new colonial occupation….
The sum of these concerns is for a U.S. regime change operation to be perceived as a liberation of the Iraqi people by the U.S. as opposed to a hostile, exploitive occupation.' "

 – War and Decision, Douglas Feith, 8/6/2002

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