4,447. 1/30/2003

President Bush met with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on January 30, 2003. Bush told him that “Iraq would be disarmed and Saddam would not be allowed to stay in power. ‘We have put together a lethal military and we will kick his ass. We will take every step to avoid civilians.’ ”

 – Bob Woodward, Plan of Attack, Page 296

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