1,865. 1/30/2001

“We were told by the president [Bush] that the war [in Iraq] was his last choice. But it is now clear that it was always his first preference. His former secretary of the Treasury, Paul O’Neill, confirmed that Iraq was ‘topic A’ at the very first meeting of the Bush National Security Council just ten days after the inauguration [January 30, 2001]: ‘It was about finding a way to do it.’ ”

 – Al Gore, The Assault on Reason, Page 104

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