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L. Paul Bremer, III, MBA Biography
||Former Chief Executive of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq
||Pro to the question "Should the US Have Attacked Iraq?"
"What I Really Said About Iraq," New York Times, Oct. 8, 2004
"I have been involved in the war on terrorism for two decades, and in my view no world leader has better understood the stakes in this global war than President Bush.
The president was right when he concluded that Saddam Hussein was a menace who needed to be removed from power. He understands that our enemies are not confined to Al Qaeda, and certainly not just to Osama bin Laden, who is probably trapped in his hide-out in Afghanistan. As the bipartisan 9/11 commission reported, there were contacts between Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein's regime going back a decade. We will win the war against global terror only by staying on the offensive and confronting terrorists and state sponsors of terror - wherever they are. Right now, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a Qaeda ally, is a dangerous threat. He is in Iraq.
President Bush has said that Iraq is the central front in the war on terror. He is right. Mr. Zarqawi's stated goal is to kill Americans, set off a sectarian war in Iraq and defeat democracy there. He is our enemy."
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|Involvement and Affiliations:
||US Presidential Envoy and Administrator in Iraq, 2003-2004
Chief Executive, Coalition Provisional Authority, Iraq, 2003-2004
Co-Chair, Homeland Security Task Force, Heritage Foundation, 2001
Chairman, National Commission on Terrorism, 1999
Member, President's Homeland Security Advisory Council, 1992
Founder and President, Lincoln/Douglass Scholarship Foundation
Member, International Institute for Strategic Studies
Former Chairman, Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.
Managing Director, Kissinger and Associates, 1989-2001
Ambassador-at-Large for Counterterrorism, 1986-1989
Ambassador to the Netherlands, 1983-1986
Executive Secretary and Special Assistant to Alexander Haig, 1981-1883
Deputy Executive Secretary of State,1979-1981
Deputy Chief of Mission, Oslo, Norway, 1976-1979
Assistant to Henry Kissinger, 1972-1976
||MBA, Harvard University, 1966
Certificate of Political Studies, Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Paris, 1964
BA, Yale University, 1963
||Recipient, Presidential Medal of Freedom, 2004
Recipient, State Department Superior Honor Award
Recipient, Two Presidential Meritorious Service Awards
Recipient, Distinguished Honor Award from the Secretary of State