FRIENDS OF BA’ATH
As soon as the war in Iraq ended, the transition to a new government began. Despite a clear goal of de-Ba’athification—akin to de-Nazification in Germany after World War II—laid out by President Bush, the State Department had other ideas. Because the Ba’athists had been in control of Iraq for thirty-five years—nearly twenty-five of which were under Saddam Hussein’s leadership—State wanted to phase out senior Ba’ath party officials from the transition government over time.
Considering some of the people at the center of U.S. efforts in Iraq, this belief should not come as a surprise.
Joel Mowbray, who got his start with Townhall.com, is an award-winning investigative journalist, nationally-syndicated columnist and author of Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Threatens America's Security.
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