It was all about finding a way to do it [take out Saddam]. That was the tone of it. The president saying, “Go find me a way to do this…” Day One, these things were laid and sealed.1

PAUL O’NEILL, Bush’s first Secretary of the Treasury, describing a National Security Council meeting just days after Bush entered the White House in January 2001

CHAPTER 6THE PERFECT STORM

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On July 15, 2003, soldiers from the Third Infantry Division, a major combat division in Iraq celebrated for its heroism, created a unique kind of storm in the desert. It started after Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on July 14 that the troops weren’t going to be able to come home in September as previously promised. The soldiers and their wives felt as if they were “kicked ...

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