3,261. 12/27/2001

” ‘Al Qaeda spent $500,000 on the [9/11] event,’ Osama bin Laden later bragged [on December 27, 2001], ‘while America…lost–according to the lowest estimate–$500 billion.’ He outlined what he called a ‘bleed-until-bankruptcy’ strategy and said, ‘It is very important to concentrate on hitting the U.S. economy through all possible means.’ “

 – George W. Bush, Decision Points, Page 443

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