3,121. 11/25/2001

“Once victory in Afghanistan was ensured, [President] Bush had privately instructed [Secretary of Defense Donald] Rumsfeld in late November 2001 to dust off the military’s Iraq invasion plans, which had been on the shelf with minimal updates since the 1991 Gulf War. Rumsfeld had delegated the assignment to General Tommy Franks, the CENTCOM [Central Command] commander, with express orders from the president that it be tightly held, Bush later explained, lest, ‘it would look like…I was anxious to go to war.’ “ [The 25th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Karen DeYoung, Soldier: The Life of Colin Powell, Pages 374-375

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