4,824. 3/19/2003

“On the night of March 19 [2003], [President] Bush ordered an airstrike on a compound outside Baghdad in the hope of killing Saddam–and perhaps ending the war even before it started. Three ROCKSTAR sources [members of Saddam’s security detail who’d been recruited by the CIA]…had placed the Iraqi dictator at the site. But either their intelligence reporting had been wrong and Saddam was not there or Saddam survived the attack, because several hours later the Iraqi tyrant was on television decrying the raid.”

 – Michael Isikoff and David Corn, Hubris, Page 211

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