L. Paul Bremer, Scapegoat
THE SOURCE: “Occupying Iraq: A Short History of the CPA” by James Dobbins, in Survival, June–July 2009.
Less than two months after the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, L. Paul Bremer arrived in Baghdad as a modern potentate. As administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), which governed Iraq at the time, he wielded full legislative, executive, and judicial authority. He lasted 13 months, leaving Iraq on June 28, 2004, after transferring limited sovereignty to an Iraqi interim prime minister. A good word has rarely been spoken about him since.