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02-19-2013, 02:29 PM
Before 2003, many members of the Bush White House held a rosy image of what the Iraq war would be like. Kenneth Adelman of the Defense Policy Board for example wrote an op ed for the Washington Post entitled “Cakewalk in Iraq.” (http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2003/04/14/030414ta_talk_hertzberg) Vice President Dick Cheney told NBC’s Meet The Press that Iraqis would see the Americans as liberators (https://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/intrel/bush/cheneymeetthepress.htm). These scenarios were based upon several factors including advice officials received from Middle East scholars and Iraqi exiles. Most importantly, President Bush and others were driven by their conviction that what they were doing was right, and therefore would have a positive affect in the end. The reality of what the invasion wrought in Iraq would quickly change Washington’s view of things.

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