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April 30, 2004 3:00 AM

Bush abandons initial blueprint for Iraq in effort to bring stability

More than a year after President Bush took the nation to war to make Iraq a model for democracy for the entire Middle East, his administrations plans have collided with reality. After previous efforts failed to stabilize Iraq, Bush has been forced to make a series of sharp policy reversals, ditching or modifying the initial blueprint for remaking the country. In quick succession, the White House has handed the United Nations the lead in selecting an interim government, moved more tanks and heavy armor into the country, and softened a harsh policy of excluding members of Saddam Husseins Baathist regime from the new Iraq.

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