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March 20, 2003

CIA had fix on Hussein THE WASHINGTON POST March 20

             For the next three hours, Bush and his senior national
             security advisers
tore up the carefully orchestrated
             schedule of violence that the U.S. Central Command
             had honed for months.
Those present in the Oval Office,
             officials said, included Vice President Cheney, Secretary
             of State Colin L. Powell, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld,
             national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, White House Chief
             of Staff Andrew H. Card Jr. and Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers,
             chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

             When Bush signed the launch order at 6:30 p.m., it had a
             hastily prepared insert.
The first shots would strike through
             the roof and walls of an anonymous Baghdad home and deep beneath
             it in hopes of decapitating the Iraqi government in a single blow.

             The 1991 Persian Gulf War included hundreds of strikes
             at “leadership targets,” but President George H.W. Bush
             and his advisers did not acknowledge they were aimed at Hussein
             specifically. After the war, it became clear that the U.S.-led
             air campaign had
tried and failed on dozens of occasions to
             pinpoint attacks on the Iraqi president.