” ‘It was not our intention to totally decimate the entire Iraqi Army, it was not our intention to go to Baghdad,’ he [Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell] said in one of a round of television interviews on [January 15, 1992] the first anniversary of the war [Operation Desert Storm]. ‘Had we done that, we would have gotten ourselves into the biggest quagmire you can imagine trying to sort out 2,000 years of Mesopotamian history.’ ”

 – Karen DeYoung, Soldier: The Life of Colin Powell, Page 212