4,497. 2/5/2003

Secretary of State Colin “Powell was set to go before the United Nations on February 5, 2003, to make the WMD intelligence case for war, and [Vice President Dick] Cheney wanted him to look at the argument his chief of staff, Scooter Libby, had assembled charging a link between Saddam and al Qaeda. Powell…refused to include it in his speech. …He planned to talk only about the potential for an Iraq-al Qaeda link.”

 – Bob Woodward, State of Denial, Pages 120-121

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