Excerpts from ex-U.S. civilian administrator L. Paul Bremer III’s farewell letter to members of the Coalition Provisional Authority: The Coalition Provisional Authority ceases to exist today. I would like to extend my personal thanks to everyone who works and has worked at the Coalition Provisional Authority ... and to the fine men and women who have served in the coalition forces. Both groups have served with courage in the face of huge risks. Many have paid the ultimate price. We owe them a debt of gratitude which no words can express.
Each of you has participated in a process unique in history. You have contributed to replacing the tyranny of one man with a broadly representative government pledged to uphold the rights of all.
You have contributed to making a better life for the citizens of this wonderful country.
These are noble undertakings for which I am deeply grateful.
I thank you for your sacrifice and your service and wish each of you the very best in the coming years.