What exactly are we trying to do in Iraq? What does the “victory” President Bush is constantly extolling really mean? Does it mean just crushing violent dissent and bringing Western-style democracy to a nation and region where dictatorial rule, often theocratic, has been the norm for 2,000 years?
This timeline is based partly on assertions by Rep. Curt Weldon and five military intelligence officers who say they participated in Able Danger. Pentagon officials have corroborated some of the assertions, declined to comment on others, and denied others: