4,789. 3/17/2003

In his final ultimatum to Saddam Hussein, a televised address from the White House on March 17, 2003, President Bush declared: ” ‘We are now acting because the risks of inaction would be far greater. In one year, or five years, the power of Iraq to inflict harm on all free nations would be multiplied many times over. With these capabilities, Saddam Hussein and his terrorist allies could choose the moment of deadly conflict when they are strongest. We choose to meet that threat now, where it arises, before it can appear suddenly in our skies and cities.’ ”

 – Douglas Feith, War and Decision, Pages 391-392

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