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Iraq Timeline

Bush Strategies


Updated September 14, 2007
This timeline (reverse chronological order) shows key Bush Administration strategies in Iraq. Poll: Does Bush Have A Coherent Policy On Iraq?




  • December 2005 - Bush Team Rethinks Its Plan for Recovery

  • November 2005 - Bush's latest plan is called the "National Strategy for Victory In Iraq"
    On the last day of the month, the White House released a new, more complex set of strategies for achieving "victory" in Iraq. "Victory" is defined as follows:
    • Short term, Iraq is making steady progress in fighting terrorists, meeting political milestones, building democratic institutions, and standing up security forces.
    • Medium term, Iraq is in the lead defeating terrorists and providing its own security, with a fully constitutional government in place, and on its way to achieving its economic potential.
    • Longer term, Iraq is peaceful, united, stable, and secure, well integrated into the international community, and a full partner in the global war on terrorism.


  • May 2004 - Bush unveils a five-stage plan "to help Iraq achieve democracy and freedom," which includes forming an Iraqi government.
    See the speech transcript


  • April 2003 - Bush puts General Jay Gardner in charge of Iraq reconstruction.
    See Gardner bio from Wikipedia. Garner was replaced on 11 May 2003 by Paul Bremer, the managing director of [Henry] Kissinger and Associates.

  • March 2003 - US invades Iraq
    See Overview: War In Iraq

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