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.