Seems that the Project for A New American Century lobbied ex-President Bill Clinton while he was in office or serving his term(s):
"Letter from PNAC to President Clinton"
I would also contend that this "plan(s)" was probably handed over by and from the prior administration and that the "plan(s)" has always been in
"paper form" giving detail on a "post-Saddam" Iraq. How so? Because the prior administration did sign (Clinton) the Bill that Congress had
"Iraq Liberation Act of 1998 (PL 105-338)"
Ex-President Clinton's speech given on the day of signing the Bill:
"The Iraq Liberation Act"
October 31, 1998
STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
More information and elaboration on the Iraq Liberation Act:
"Congress First Voted to Back Regime Change in Iraq in 1998"
My point being is that the goal of "Regime Change"
in and with Iraq was and has been instituted, planned/formulated, and place "on paper"
prior to the Bush Administration taking office. The Policy of "Regime Change"
is just that and anyone doubting that the prior adminstration
had no "plans for invading and/or removing" Saddam/Iraq needs to rethink this and certainly has no clue as to how this government operates when it
comes to matters such as this. This is common US policy and is called: contingent/contingency planning
and has been US policy for many decades.
To think that the Bush Adminstration and not the Clinton prior administration were the only administration to have such a "contingency plan(s) to
invade Iraq" and to remove Saddam (post-Iraq), again, needs to rethink this. Be assured, that the Clinton Administration, with the passing and
ratifying of the Iraq Liberation Act, had like or the very same "contingency plan(s)" as the preceeding Bush Administration.
I would also be willing to bet that the US has "contingency plan(s)" for nations such as N. Korea, Iran, Sudan, Yeman, Cuba, for some to many South
American nations and countries, France, some to many nations and countries in Africa, probably Canada, Russia, etc.....the list can go on, and is
limited to this administration or any other....it is simple US policy, and one in which "contingency planning", as with military think
tanks, has always been done and been in action (the placing of those ideas, goals, objectives, and such on paper).
Anyone who works for the government or the military can vouch for this. The government, as with the military, always plans for everything, in fact,
probably too much so. The government has a "contingency plan(s)" for anything and everything.
In such, I see no deviation from Bush's actions or policy(s) from that of the Clinton Administrations stated policy(s), except, maybe, for
[Edited on 10-1-2004 by Seekerof]