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
See Gardner bio from
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