The policies embedded in the Bush Doctrine helped set a course for . conflict with Iraq. Bush's deep concern about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction possibly making their way into the hands of terrorist organizations such as bin Laden's al Qaeda prompted his increasingly bellicose posture toward Iraq. Bush ultimately offered an ultimatum to the Iraqi government to relinquish power and go into exile or face . military action. Despite massive opposition at home and around the globe to the . policy toward Iraq, the United States invaded Iraq on March 20, 2003. In about three weeks, Saddam Hussein and his government were thrown out of power and Iraq was defeated. After Iraq's defeat and as of mid-2003, the .-led search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq had failed to reveal large caches of chemical or biological weapons.
Resources will now be thrown at the Counter-Terrorism Service. As noted by military expert David Witty — the author of a forthcoming Brookings Institution study on the Counter-Terrorism Service — in 2008-2010, the service received about $225 million per year from the Iraqi government (cobbled together from discretionary spending by the prime minister’s office and the Ministry of Defense). To this total, around $55 million worth of . budget assistance each year would be added. This combined $280 million fell short of the service’s budget requests, which averaged $412 million in the same three-year period . We can surmise from the continued operational capability of the Counter-Terrorism Service that in-kind support from the . intelligence community and special operations command bridged much of the budget gap until . withdrawal in 2011 and a small portion thereafter.