4,344. 1/13/2003

On January 13, 2003, "President Bush summoned Secretary of State Colin Powell for a 12-minute Oval Office meeting to say he had decided on war with Iraq. …The president very reluctantly confirmed to me [journalist Bob Woodward] that he had asked Powell directly for his support but added testily a rather obvious point. 'I didn't need his permission.' "

 – State of Denial, Bob Woodward, 1/13/2003

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