'The concept behind the de-Baathification decree was that the Baath Party had been one of the primary instruments of Saddam's control and tyranny over the Iraqi people for decades. Saddam Hussein himself openly acknowledged that he modeled the Baath Party on the Nazi Party because he admired the way in which Hitler was able to use the Nazi Party to control the German people. Just as in our occupation of Germany we had passed what were called "de-Nazification decrees" and prosecuted senior Nazi officials, the model for the de-Baathification was to look back at that de-Nazification. …' --L. Paul Bremer III
The view of Baathists has been tainted in most minds of Iraqi Shia and Kurds. If Saleh al Mutlaq is labelled a Baathist and if he speaks fondly of Saddam, then most Iraqis will agree that it is right to disqualify him.