” ‘By nature, I’m very cautious about the use of the armed forces…putting lives on the line,’ he [Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell] had told a reporter [on February 11, 1990] just days before the invasion [of Iraq]. ‘But when it’s clear we’re going to use them, well, let’s use them.’ ”

 – Karen DeYoung, Soldier: The Life of Colin Powell, Page 184