4,052. 10/7/2002

“Culminating the campaign that had begun with [Vice President Dick] Cheney’s VFW [Veterans of Foreign Wars] speech six weeks earlier [August 26, 2002], [President] Bush traveled to Cincinnati [Ohio] in early October [7, 2002] to make his case to the American people: The decades-old policy of containment in Iraq hadn’t worked, even when executed aggressively, Bush argued. ‘The end result is that Saddam Hussein still has chemical and biological weapons and is increasing his capabilities to make more,’ Bush stated, in the first of a series of assertions in the speech that were presented as fact and are now known to be incorrect. ‘And he is moving ever closer to developing a nuclear weapon.’ ”

 – Thomas E. Ricks, Fiasco, Page 61

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