4,839. 3/19/2003

President Bush “told [journalist] Bob Woodward…that after giving the order to invade [Iraq] in March [19] 2003, he walked in the White House garden, praying ‘that our troops be safe, be protected by the Almighty.’ As he went into this critical period, he told Mr. Woodward, ‘I was praying for strength to do the Lord’s will. I’m surely not going to justify war based upon God. Understand that. Nevertheless, in my case, I pray that I will be as good a messenger of His will as possible. And then of course, I pray for forgiveness.’ ”

 – Robert Cornwell, “God Told Me to Invade Iraq,” The Independent, Oct. 7, 2005

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