4,348. 1/11/2003

Vice President Dick “Cheney invited [Saudi Ambassador Prince Bandar al Sultan] to his West Wing office on Saturday, January 11, 2003. [Secretary of Defense Donald] Rumsfeld and JCS [Joint Chiefs of Staff] Chairman General Richard B. Myers were also there….One purpose of the meeting was to convince Bandar that US forces would have to be sent through and from Saudi territory…The 500 miles of Saudi-Iraqi border were critical…’What is the chance of Saddam surviving this?’ Bandar asked…Cheney, who had been quiet as usual, replied, ‘Prince Bandar, once we start, Saddam is toast.’ ”

 – Bob Woodward, Plan of Attack, Pages 263-266

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