4,252. 12/5/2002

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s consultant, Steve Herbits, told Rumsfeld on December 5, 2002, regarding Iraq: ” ‘…you are in the unique position of being the sole person who could lose the president’s [Bush’s] reelection for him if you don’t get something straightened out.’ …Herbits continued, ‘…you have got to focus on the post-Iraq planning. It is so screwed up. We will not be able to win the peace.’ ”

 – Bob Woodward, State of Denial, Page 103

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