2,916. 10/11/2001

” ‘Our focus is on Afghanistan and the terrorist network hiding in Afghanistan right now,’ [President] Bush said tonight [October 11, 2001] at his news conference. But he called Hussein ‘an evil man.’ ‘After all, he gassed his own people,’ Mr. Bush added. ‘We know he’s been developing weapons of mass destruction.’ He said the administration was watching Mr. Hussein ‘very carefully.’ ”

 – Elaine Sciolino and Patrick E. Tyler, “Some Pentagon Officials and Advisers Seek to Oust Iraq’s Leader in War’s Next Phase,” The New York Times, Oct. 12, 2001

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