1,941. 3/7/2001

“On March 7, 2001, President Bush’s national security team, cautioned by C.I.A. officials and departing aides to President Bill Clinton that terrorism would be a serious problem, met for the first time to begin a broad review of the government’s approach to Al Qaeda and Afghanistan. Stephen Hadley, [National Security Advisor] Ms. [Condoleezza] Rice’s deputy, told the Congressional committee, ‘The goal was to move beyond the policy of containment, criminal prosecution and limited retaliation for specific attacks, toward attempting to roll back Al Qaeda.’ ”

 – David Johnston and Eric Schmitt, “Uneven Response Seen to Terror Risk in Summer ’01,” The New York Times, April 4, 2004

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