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Paul Bremer
Administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority of Iraq
In office
May 12, 2003 â€“ June 28, 2004
Prime Minister Mohammad Bahr al-Ulloum (Acting)
Ibrahim al-Jaafari
Ahmed Chalabi
Ayad Allawi
Jalal Talabani
Abdul Aziz al-Hakim
Adnan Pachachi
Mohsen Abdel Hamid
Mohammad Bahr al-Ulloum
Massoud Barzani
Ezzedine Salim
Ghazi Mashal Ajil al-Yawer
Deputy Jeremy Greenstock
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
In office
October 16, 1986 â€“ May 25, 1989
President Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Robert Oakley
Succeeded by Morris Busby
United States Ambassador to the Netherlands
In office
August 31, 1983 â€“ August 25, 1986
President Ronald Reagan
Preceded by William Dyess
Succeeded by John Shad
Executive Secretary of the United States Department of State
In office
President Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Peter Tarnoff
Succeeded by Charles Hill
Personal details
Born Lewis Paul Bremer III
(1941-09-30) September 30, 1941 (age 75)
Hartford, Connecticut, US
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Frances Winfield
Children 2
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.
Paul Bremer
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.
Paul Bremer
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.
Paul Bremer
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.
Paul Bremer
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.
Paul Bremer
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.
Paul Bremer
These people hate the United States, not for what we do, but for who we are and what we are.
Paul Bremer
I leave Iraq gladdened by what has been accomplished and confident your future is full of hope.
Paul Bremer
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.
Paul Bremer
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.
Paul Bremer
We've thrown out Saddam and Saddam, dead or alive, is finished in Iraq.
Paul Bremer
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.
Paul Bremer
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.
Paul Bremer
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.
Paul Bremer
Iraq is a better place, absolutely worth it.
I think we Americans, of all people, understand the importance of a good, legal, constitutional framework as the basis of political life.
Paul Bremer
I think there really is no shortcut to sovereignty.
You know, the country is basically peaceful.