2,844. 9/29/2001

On September 29, 2001, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld “instructed his incoming chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Richard Myers, to begin preparing military options for Iraq, including plans for an invasion with a much smaller force than the army of five hundred thousand that had taken Kuwait back from Saddam following his 1990 invasion of the country.”

 – Peter Bergen, The Longest War, Page 56

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