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Submitted by Wallace Edward Brand (United States), Jul 8, 2009 at 21:43

An immediate turnover of power to Iraq was planned by Doug Feith, the Defense Department's man in charge of policy planning and agreed to by Donald Rumsfeld and George Bush. Why didn't it happen? According to Feith's account in War and Decision, supported by many contemporaneous notes and correspondence, it was stymied by infighting from the CIA and the State Department who intensely disliked Ahmed Chalabi, the man the Department of Defense had selected to play a very temporary but key role in getting the new government started. Feith, in his book War and Decision spends many pages bemoaning this disaster that Daniel Pipes also points out now and had predicted earlier.

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