|Administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority of Iraq|
May 12, 2003 â€“ June 28, 2004
|Prime Minister||Mohammad Bahr al-Ulloum (Acting)
Abdul Aziz al-Hakim
Mohsen Abdel Hamid
Mohammad Bahr al-Ulloum
Ghazi Mashal Ajil al-Yawer
|Preceded by||Jay Garner (Director of the Office for Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance)|
|Succeeded by||Ghazi Mashal Ajil al-Yawer (Interim President)|
|Coordinator for Counterterrorism|
October 16, 1986 â€“ May 25, 1989
|Preceded by||Robert Oakley|
|Succeeded by||Morris Busby|
|United States Ambassador to the Netherlands|
August 31, 1983 â€“ August 25, 1986
|Preceded by||William Dyess|
|Succeeded by||John Shad|
|Executive Secretary of the United States Department of State|
|Preceded by||Peter Tarnoff|
|Succeeded by||Charles Hill|
|Born||Lewis Paul Bremer III
September 30, 1941
Hartford, Connecticut, US
|Alma mater||Yale University
Harvard Business School
Paris Institute of Political Studies
I think what we've learned is that the terrorist threat is serious, but it shifts. You cannot make a single person the sole focus of your counterterrorism.
While it's very hard to know exactly how to measure public opinion there, because there's no really good polling, the fact of the matter is that in all the polls I've seen the vast majority of the Iraqis prefer to be free and are pleased that the coalition freed them.
When the new wave of terrorism came on the modern world, which is the late 1960s, early 1970s, I think we spent about a decade, the United States and our allies, trying to figure out how to deal with it.
We try very quickly to show that we are not at war with the Iraqi people. We're trying to deal with the people who are indeed themselves at war with the Iraqi people.
If you look back today over the last 25 years, it is a fact that we have had a progressive degeneration of our intelligence community in general; in particular in the field of human intelligence.
I think the Iraqi people have shown extraordinary patience and courage in the last few months. They have really put a political system on the way to success, to a real democracy here.
These people hate the United States, not for what we do, but for who we are and what we are.
I leave Iraq gladdened by what has been accomplished and confident your future is full of hope.
It is certainly not unrealistic to think we could have elections by mid-year 2004 and when a sovereign government is installed – my job here will be done.
Saddam spent 35 years stealing and wasting money, and all of these systems are very fragile and brittle, and you try to fix one thing and something else gets in trouble.
We've thrown out Saddam and Saddam, dead or alive, is finished in Iraq.
There are 40,000 Iraqi police on duty around the country. If they detect an attack about to happen, the police are the ones who are supposed to stop it.
Iraq has become, for better or for worse, the front on the war on terrorism, and so we've got to do this, and I can understand why congressmen and senators would take their responsibility seriously, but I think in the end we'll get the money.
I hope they're going to learn, and as a result of our response, that it isn't going to work. They're not going to change our life, they're not going to have us throw out our Constitution, and they're not going to chase us out of the Middle East.
I think we Americans, of all people, understand the importance of a good, legal, constitutional framework as the basis of political life.