3,243. 12/20/2001

On December 20, 2001, President Bush said of bin Laden: ” ‘There was a significant difference in my attitude after Sept. 11. I was not on point, but I knew he was a menace, and I knew he was a problem. …I was prepared to look at a plan that would be a thoughtful plan that would bring him to justice, and would have given the order to do that. I have no hesitancy about going after him. But I didn’t feel that sense of urgency, and my blood was not nearly as boiling.”

 – Bob Woodward and Dan Balz, “America’s Chaotic Road to War,” The Washington Post, Jan. 28, 2002

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