5,515. 12/14/2003

“The next day [December 14, 2003, following the capture of Saddam], Sunday, the president [Bush] addressed the nation. ‘The capture of this man was crucial to the rise of a free Iraq,’ Bush said. ‘It marks the end of the road for him and for all who bullied and killed in his name.’ He added, ‘A dark and painful era is over,’ but cautioned, ‘The capture of Saddam Hussein does not mean the end of violence in Iraq.’ ”

 – Bob Woodward, Plan of Attack, Pages 425-426

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