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Since the commencement of Operation Iraqi Freedom a veritable cottage industry

within the administration of George W. Bush that set the stage for war with Iraq,

the prewar military planning, assessments of the military operation,2 and finally, the

failure to plan for the postwar peace.3 These studies in themselves are valuable in that

they provide unique perspectives of the multiple stages of the Bush administrations

policies that ultimately culminated in regime change in Iraq. In reading these and

other studies the overriding impression is that President Bush was prepared from

the outset of his administration for the removal of the arch nemesis of the US, Iraq’s

Saddam Hussein. On this point few would disagree.