“In February [20] 1998, a small group of national security thinkers who were outside government sent an open letter to the Clinton White House suggesting ‘a comprehensive political and military strategy for bringing down Saddam and his regime.’ Among the signatories were [Elliott] Abrams, Richard Armitage, John R. Bolton, Douglas Feith, Zalmay Khalilzad, [Richard] Perle, Peter Rodman, [Donald] Rumsfeld, [Paul] Wolfowitz, David Wurmser, and Dov Zakheim, who all now hold or held positions in the Bush administration. Other leading figures in Washington to sign the letter were [Frank] Gaffney, [Robert] Kagan, [William] Kristol, [Joshua] Muravchik, Martin Peretz, who is editor in chief at the New Republic, and Leon Wieseltier, also of the New Republic. They called themselves the Committee for Peace and Security in the Gulf.”

 – Stefan Halper and Jonathan Clarke, America Alone, Page 103