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The New York Times

New Group Will Lobby for Change in Iraqi Rule

[W]ASHINGTON, Nov. 14 -- Seeking to increase domestic and international 
support for a new government in Iraq, an independent bipartisan group 
has been formed with the White House's tacit approval to press for the 
ouster of Saddam Hussein.

Members of the hawkish group, the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, 
include former Secretary of State George P. Shultz, former Senator Bob 
Kerrey, the Teamsters leader James P. Hoffa and the former House 
speaker, Newt Gingrich. Senators John McCain, Republican of Arizona, and 
Joseph I. Lieberman, Democrat of Connecticut, are expected to be the 
group's hononary Congressional co-chairmen.



O'Dwyer's PR Daily
Nov. 12, 2002

James Wilkinson

The White House is shifting James Wilkinson, who helped run the 
U.S./U.K. coalition communications office in the aftermath of the 
invasion of Afghanistan, to the Pentagon's U.S. Central Command to serve 
as spokesperson for Gen. Tommy Franks.

That move is a "big signal" that the U.S. is "getting serious" about 
Iraq, according to a report in The Washington Times. Wilkinson has just 
returned from a trip to Morocco, where he practiced his Arabic language 
skills on the streets. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld used Wilkinson 
as his spokesperson during the presidential transition period. The 
32-year-old communicator is said to be a pro at long-range messaging and 
overall communications strategy.

CentCom's Franks may wind up as the U.S. military governor of Iraq 
following the invasion. The U.S. is shifting 600 members of CentCom from 
its Tampa headquarters to Qatar to coordinate the Iraqi invasion. 
CentCom is responsible for U.S. military activity in 25 countries in 
Central/Southwest Asia, Middle East and Northeast Africa.


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