3,232. 12/17/2001

Secretary of State Colin “Powell said on December 17, 2001, that al-Qaeda had been destroyed in Afghanistan (wrongly, it turns out) and that the country was no longer a haven for terrorists, while [Secretary of Defense Donald] Rumsfeld refused to back up this comment, insisting instead on further use of military force in that country.”

 – Stefan Halper and Jonathan Clarke, America Alone, Page 152

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