3,469. 3/21/2002

"That day, March 21 [2002], and the next, [Central Command leader General Tommy] Franks gathered the component commanders of the services–Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines–at Rammstein Air Base in Germany, a large US and NATO airlift installation. …Franks was poised for war…either Saddam Hussein and his family were going to leave and turn his country over, or the president [Bush] was going to war. Would Saddam and his family leave? As a practical matter, he concluded that the answer was no. …'Go to work now…Don't let yourself believe that this won’t happen.' "

 – Plan of Attack, Bob Woodward, 3/21/2002

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