Bremer's departure was stage-managed for the press. He and his team waited inside a military C-130 plane on the tarmac before scrambling out and into a waiting helicopter... This bluff was necessary because of attacks on C-130s flying into and out of Baghdad: at the end of Bremer's year in Iraq, there were concerns that the US government might not be able "to get me out of the country alive."

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