Plan of Attack: The Definitive Account of the Decision to Invade Iraq

By Bob Woodward

Plan of Attack is the definitive account of ways and why President George W. Bush, his struggle council, and allies introduced a preemptive assault to topple Saddam Hussein and occupy Iraq. Bob Woodward's most up-to-date landmark account of Washington determination making presents an unique, authoritative narrative of behind-the-scenes maneuvering over years, studying the factors and effects of the main debatable battle due to the fact Vietnam.
according to interviews with seventy five key contributors and greater than 3 and a part hours of specific interviews with President Bush, Plan of Attack is a component presidential historical past charting the choices made in the course of sixteen serious months; half army historical past revealing distinctive info and the evolution of the head mystery battle making plans below the limited codeword Polo Step; and half a harrowing undercover agent tale because the CIA dispatches a covert paramilitary crew into northern Iraq six months sooner than the beginning of the conflict. This staff recruited 87 Iraqi spies targeted with the cryptonym DB/ROCKSTARS, one in all whom became over the team of workers records of all 6,000 males in Saddam Hussein's own safety association.
What emerges are astonishingly intimate snap shots: President Bush in struggle cupboard conferences within the White condominium state of affairs Room and the Oval place of work, and in deepest dialog; Dick Cheney, the centred and pushed vice chairman; Colin Powell, the conflicted and wary secretary of nation; Donald Rumsfeld, the controlling conflict technocrat; George guideline, the activist CIA director; Tommy Franks, the profane and critical basic; Condoleezza Rice, the ever present referee and nationwide safeguard adviser; Karl Rove, the hands-on political strategist; different key contributors of the White condominium employees and congressional management; and international leaders starting from British leading Minister Blair to Russian President Putin.
Plan of Attack presents new info at the intelligence tests of Iraq's alleged guns of mass destruction and the making plans for the war's aftermath.

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It used to be, Bush acknowledged. although he used to be skeptical that inspections may paintings, he reaffirmed his dedication to visit the U. N. to invite for aid. In a realistic feel that intended inquiring for a brand new solution. happy, Powell left to wait a convention in South Africa. Cheney’s intervention through the 2 VFW speeches looked as if it would were neutralized for the instant. The president advised the principals he desired to visit Congress to hunt a solution aiding army motion opposed to Saddam. notwithstanding White apartment attorneys had advised him they believed he had the constitutional authority as commander in leader to behave by myself, the president sought after congressional authority. Having spent the higher a part of a month attempting to deal with the foreign and United international locations matters, which have been nonetheless no longer settled, Bush’s crew purely required one principals assembly to determine the household politics. within the dialogue, there has been loads of deference to Cheney, who had served in Congress and used to be president of the Senate. For the 1991 Gulf battle, Bush’s father had long gone first to the United countries to get a answer to take advantage of strength. simply forty five days prior to the warfare it had handed 12 to two, with Yemen and Cuba balloting opposed to and China abstaining. Then purely 3 days sooner than the battle, Congress handed its personal answer via a detailed fifty two to forty seven vote within the Senate, 250 to 183 in the home. This time, because it used to be uncertain what function the U. N. may have, if any, Cheney proposed going to the Congress first. In an election 12 months with the entire condo seats and one-third of the Senate up, he acknowledged it used to be uncomplicated. The president may still call for speedy passage of a solution so citizens may comprehend earlier than the election the place each congressman and senator stood on Saddam Hussein and his risky regime. Rice strongly agreed. The politics at the Hill have been ripe and mainstream Democrats she knew appeared able to aid a answer, so the president had greatest leverage. A congressional solution may develop their hand on the U. N. and positioned the U. S. within the place of talking with one voice. Going to Congress first appeared self-evident, she acknowledged, including, “How a lot debate do you want? ” AT midday ON SEPTEMBER three, the Tuesday after exertions Day whilst company in Washington formally resumes, Card amassed a bunch of senior staffers together with Rice, Hadley, Scooter Libby, Dan Bartlett and several other others within the state of affairs Room. It was once known as the “White condominium Iraq Coordination Meeting,” which might later switch to White apartment Iraq staff, or WHIG. between these attending used to be White apartment legislative affairs director Nick Calio, a well-dressed, a bit graying 49-year-old attorney and lobbyist whose critical face belies a cheery solid salesman. Calio had held an identical activity for Bush’s father in 1992–93—essentially the president’s own lobbyist on Capitol Hill. the promoting of regime switch in Iraq was once approximately to start. Card stated the sport plan was once to invite Congress to vote on a proper solution authorizing army strength in Iraq prior to the midterm elections. The management had pretty well blown August.

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