4,787. 3/17/2003

“…at 9:45 am [on March 17, 2003], [White House Press Secretary Ari] Fleischer appeared in the press room and said: ‘The United Nations has failed to enforce its own demands that Iraq immediately disarm. As a result, the diplomatic window has now been closed. The president [Bush] will address the nation tonight at 8 o’clock. He will say that in order to avoid military conflict, Saddam Hussein must leave the country.’ ”

 – Bob Woodward, Plan of Attack, Page 365

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