3,664. 7/31/2002

When asked about his Iraq war planning at a cabinet meeting on July 31, 2002, President Bush said: ” ‘The stated mission is regime change,’… ‘Our intent is serious. There are no war plans on my desk. I believe there is a casus belli and that the doctrine of preemption applies. We won’t do anything militarily unless we are confident we can succeed. Success is removal of Saddam.’ ”

 – Bob Woodward, Plan of Attack, Pages 137-138

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