1,875. 1/30/2001

The first meeting of President Bush’s National Security Council took place on January 30, 2001. When the subject of regime change in Iraq was discussed, Secretary of State Colin “Powell suggested it was time to revamp sanctions to make them more effective. ‘Why are we even bothering with sanctions?’ retorted [Secretary of Defense Donald] Rumsfeld. What mattered was finding and destroying Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.”

 – Peter Baker, Days of Fire, Page 91

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