2,548. 9/12/2001

In a principals meeting on September 12, 2001, Secretary of State Colin "Powell countered [Secretary of Defense Donald] Rumsfeld's argument that now was the time to 'get Iraq,' but Rumsfeld responded that the targets in Afghanistan were not significant enough to bomb and that therefore targets in Iraq should be considered."

 – Ian S. Lustick, Trapped in the War on Terror, 63

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