5,526. 12/16/2003

“Asked by Diane Sawyer of ABC News in December [16] 2003 about the assertion that Saddam possessed actual weapons, as opposed to the capacity to make or get them, [President] Bush replied, ‘So what’s the difference?’ In that interview and others, he hewed to one version or another of the line: ‘Saddam Hussein was a threat, and the fact that he is gone means that America is a safer country.’ ”

 – Todd S. Purdum and The New York Times Staff, A Time of Our Choosing, Page 290

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