3,797. 9/4/2002

“At a meeting with congressional leaders on September 4 [2002], the president [Bush] announced that in addition to going to the United Nations, he would ask Congress for authorization to do what was ‘necessary to deal with the threat’ from Iraq. The administration had already decided internally that it needed no congressional approval, but strong legislative backing would help pressure the United Nations.”

 – Karen DeYoung, Soldier: The Life of Colin Powell, Page 409

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