2,554. 9/12/2001

Counterterrorism czar “Richard Clarke attended meetings on Iraq on September 12 [2001]. He later wrote, ‘At first I was incredulous that we were talking about something other than getting al Qaeda. Then I realized with almost a sharp physical pain that [Secretary of Defense Donald] Rumsfeld and [Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul] Wolfowitz were going to try to take advantage of this national tragedy to promote their agenda about Iraq.’ ”

 – Ahmed Rashid, Descent Into Chaos, Page 64

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