4,198. 11/8/2002

Speaking from the White House’s Rose Garden after the passage of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1441 on November 8, 2002, President Bush “warned, ‘the world must not lapse into unproductive debates over whether specific instances of Iraqi noncompliance are serious. Any Iraqi noncompliance is serious because such bad faith will show that Iraq has no intention of disarming. …America will be making only one determination: is Iraq meeting the terms of the Security Council resolution or not? The United States has agreed to discuss any material breach with the Security Council, but without jeopardizing our freedom of action to defend our country.’ ”

 – Karen DeYoung, Soldier: The Life of Colin Powell, Page 420

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