“President Bush and his aides announced with some fanfare in October [2003] that they were creating the Iraq Stabilization Group within the National Security Council to increase the White House’s role in coordinating Iraq policy. ‘We’re trying to mobilize the entire U.S. government to support this effort’ in Iraq, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice said at the time [October 14, 2003].”

 – Dana Milbank, “Stabilization Is Its Middle Name,” The Washington Post, May 18, 2004