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Roland99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-29-05 04:46 PM
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20. Found these two articles...
http://www.globalpolicy.org/security/oil/2003/2003compa...

The new Bush administration came into office in January 2001 at this critical juncture. Revelations by former Secretary of the Treasury Paul ONeill inform us that the new administration started planning for an invasion of Iraq almost immediately. According to ONeill, Iraq was Topic A at the very first meeting of the Bush National Security Council, just ten days after the inauguration. It was about finding a way to do it, reports ONeill, That was the tone of the President, saying Go find me a way to do this.49 Meanwhile, the President ordered stepped-up overflights and provocative attacks on Iraqi targets under a plan, evidently known as Operation Desert Badger. On February 16, US aircraft bombed Iraqi radar installations north of the no-fly zone and very close to southern limits of Baghdad. Readily audible from the Iraqi capital, this attack drew wide media comment.



http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A11272-2004Jan...

"I appreciate former secretary O'Neill's service to our country," Bush said, rejecting O'Neill's description of the Iraq chronology. "In the initial stages of the administration, as you might remember, we were dealing with Desert Badger or flyovers and fly-betweens and looks, and so we were fashioning policy along those lines. And then all of a sudden September the 11th hit."

White House press secretary Scott McClellan, briefing reporters on Air Force One en route to Mexico, said the O'Neill matter "appears to be more about trying to justify personal views and opinions than it does about looking at the results that we are achieving on behalf of the American people."

Asked specifically about O'Neill's assertion that Bush and his top aides sought from the earliest days to remove Hussein, McClellan said: "The president exhausted all possible means to resolve this, resolve the situation in Iraq peacefully."

In his "60 Minutes" appearance, O'Neill said, "From the very beginning, there was a conviction that Saddam Hussein was a bad person and that he needed to go."
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