Committee for the Liberation of Iraq

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Committee for the Liberation of Iraq (CLI)
Formation November 2002
Extinction 2003[1]
Type Lobby
Purpose Promote the replacing of Saddam Hussein's regime with a democratic government[1]
Chairman of the Board
Bruce P. Jackson
Executive Director
Randy Scheunemann
Julie Finley
Gary Schmitt
Key people
George Shultz (Chairman Advisory Board)
John McCain (Honorary Co-Chairmen Advisory Board)
Joseph Lieberman (Honorary Co-Chairmen Advisory Board)
Website (archived 2003)

The Committee for the Liberation of Iraq (CLI) was a non-governmental organization which described itself as a "distinguished group of Americans" who wanted to "free Iraq from Saddam Hussein".


The organization was founded in 2002. In a news release announcing its formation, the group said its goal was to "promote regional peace, political freedom and international security through replacement of the Saddam Hussein regime with a democratic government that respects the rights of the Iraqi people and ceases to threaten the community of nations."[1] It had close links to the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) and the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), important shapers of the Bush administration's foreign policy.[citation needed]

The Washington Post reported in November 2002 that "the organization is modeled on a successful lobbying campaign to expand the NATO alliance. Members include former secretary of state George P. Shultz, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and former senator Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.). ... While the Iraq committee is an independent entity, committee officers said they expect to work closely with the administration. They already have met with Hadley and Bush political adviser Karl Rove. Committee officers and a White House spokesman said Rice, Hadley and Cheney will soon meet with the group."[2]

With the successful removal of Saddam Hussein, the committee appears to have disbanded, and its once-prominent website no longer exists.[1] However, its offices still remain on Pennsylvania Avenue and 10th Street.


  • Randy Scheunemann, CLI's executive director, former chief national-security adviser to U.S. Senator Trent Lott, has also worked for Donald Rumsfeld as a consultant on Iraq policy. While working for Lott in 1998, Scheunemann drafted the "Iraq Liberation Act" that authorized $98 million for the Iraqi National Congress.
  • Evan Bayh, U.S. Senator (honorary co-chair) [1]
  • Bruce P. Jackson, chairman, is the former vice president of weapons contractor Lockheed Martin. He also chaired the Republican Party Platform's subcommittee for National Security and Foreign Policy when George W. Bush ran for president in 2000.
  • Jonathan Pallant, Exeter University

Advisory Board

International advisory board


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  2. ^ Archived from the original on 2002-11-05. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa "Advisory Board - The Committee for the Liberation of Iraq". The Committee for the Liberation of Iraq. 2003. Archived from the original on 2003-02-13. Retrieved Aug 11, 2014.
  4. ^ "Chefen: Därför värvade vi Bildt (article only available in Swedish)". Archived from the original on 2007-02-27. Retrieved 2007-02-24.
  • Harding, James (21 Nov 2002). "Shultz is still making his voice heard after 50 years at the top: The influence of the former secretary of state now forms the bedrock of US foreign policy, says James Harding:". Financial Times. London (UK). p. 22.
  • Albano, Terrie (16 Nov 2002). "Iraq okays UN terms, Bush pushes war". People's Weekly World. New York. p. 1. Retrieved Aug 11, 2014.
  • Seymour, Richard. (19 Jan 2013). "Review: THE BACK PAGE: Richard Seymour on the socialist who became a neocon". The Guardian. p. 21.
  • "Aftermath of war in the Caucasus". Irish Times. 19 Aug 2008. p. 13. Retrieved Aug 11, 2014.
  • Jacoby, Mary (13 Aug 2008). "The Russia-Georgia Conflict: McCain's Georgia ties; Candidate's adviser served as a lobbyist for ex-Soviet republic". Wall Street Journal. p. 3.
  • Haniffa, Aziz (6 June 2008). "Randy Scheunemann". India Abroad. New York, N.Y. p. A16.
  • Levine, Marty (26 July 2006). "A Conversation with Antonia Juhasz". Pittsburgh City Paper. p. 10. Retrieved Aug 11, 2014.
  • Stephens, Philip (22 Nov 2002). "America's noble but foolish designs for the Middle East: PHILIP STEPHENS". Financial Times. London (UK). p. 21.
  • Goodman, Amy (11 July 2007). "BY FREEING LIBBY, BUSH PROTECTS HIMSELF". Creative Loafing. Charlotte. p. 22.
  • Josh, Richman (5 Aug 2005). "Left Coast Liberals Fume as Charity Taps Former Aipac Man for Top Post". Forward. New York, N.Y. p. 1. Retrieved Aug 11, 2014.
  • Horovitz, David (3 June 2005). "Say goodbye to The Three 'I's". Jerusalem Post. Jerusalem. p. 24.
  • Fisk, Robert (31 May 2003). "While Mr Blair talks of victory in Iraq, the troops are afraid to go out at night ; `Saddam was a shame upon Iraq,' one man told me as we stood beside 400 skulls in a hall at Hillah. `But America let them die'". The Independent. London (UK). p. 20. Retrieved Aug 11, 2014.
  • Arundhati, Roy (18 Jan 2004). "Do turkeys enjoy thanksgiving?". The Hindu. Chennai. p. 1. Retrieved Aug 11, 2014.
  • Roche, Walter F, Jr. (15 Aug 2004). "CONSULTANTS PROFIT FROM THEIR PENTAGON TIES ; EX-CIA COUPLE REFLECT A PATTERN". Boston Globe. p. A16. Retrieved Aug 11, 2014.
  • Khalaf, Roula (13 Dec 2002). "Opposition groups to gather for UK meeting IRAQI DISSIDENTS". Financial Times. p. 09.
  • Higgins, Andrew (18 Mar 2003). "Preparing for War: `New' Europe, Public Disagree --- Despite Official Positions, Opposition to an Iraq War Is Widespread, Polls Show". Wall Street Journal, Europe. p. A2.

External links

  • Committee for the Liberation of Iraq (archived website 2003)
  • Laura Rozen (October 9, 2008). "Q: What Do Sarah Palin, Ahmad Chalabi, and the NRA Have in Common? A: McCain's top foreign policy adviser has tried to sell America on all of them". Mother Jones.
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