3,819. 9/8/2002

" 'The problem here is that there will always be some uncertainty about how quickly he [Saddam Hussein] can acquire nuclear weapons,' [National Security Advisor] Condoleezza Rice said on CNN on September 8 [2002], echoing that morning's New York Times story. 'But we don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud.' "

 – Fiasco, Thomas E. Ricks, 9/8/2002

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