5,203. 7/9/2003

In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee on July 9, 2003, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld “acknowledged that the [Bush] administration ‘did not act in Iraq because we had discovered dramatic new evidence of Iraq’s pursuit of weapons of mass murder. We acted because we saw the existing evidence in a new light, through the prism of our experience on September 11th.’ In other words, the administration acted on the basis of an imagined threat. It supposed the possibility of a future similar attack, armed this time with Iraqi-supplied weapons of mass destruction, and acted to foreclose that theoretical possibility.”

 – Jeffrey Record, Wanting War, Page 60

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