“I’m going to kick his sorry motherfucking ass all over the Mid East,” President Bush is quoted as saying in May, 2002 regarding his intentions towards Saddam Hussein.
More than a year before the invasion of Iraq the CIA devised a plan, codenamed Anabasis, to use Iraqi exile fighters to seize an air base and declare a revolt against Saddam Hussein in the hope that his response would create a pretext for war, according to a book to be published tomorrow.
The plan was ultimately rejected by General Tommy Franks, who led the invasion in March 2003, but the CIA-backed fighters carried out sabotage operations and assassinations of Ba’athist officials in the run-up to the war, the book, called Hubris, reports.
Hubris, by investigative journalists Michael Isikoff and David Corn, adds more weight to a body of evidence that the White House was determined to go to war from early 2002.
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