1,861. 1/30/2001

“Seeing little reason, or intelligence justification, for war at the close of the inaugural National Security Council meeting [on January 30, 2001], Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill was perplexed. ‘Who, exactly, was pushing this foreign policy?’ he wondered to himself. And ‘why Saddam, why now, and why [was] this central to U.S. interests?’ ”

 – James Bamford, A Pretext for War, Page 269

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