4,878. 3/25/2003

“No WMD had been used or found in the first days of the invasion [of Iraq, which began on March 20, 2003]. The intense pace of [Army Major General James ‘Spider’] Mark’s intelligence team only got more frantic. The quality of the intelligence on the hundreds of remaining sites on the WMD site list was still unsatisfactory, and the unanticipated Iraqi opposition was jarring. It had been part of the intelligence shop’s job to figure these things out, and they hadn’t done it.” [The 25th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Bob Woodward, State of Denial, Page 153

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