On July 23, 2003, at a briefing to confirm the deaths of Saddam’s sons, Uday and Qusay Hussein, Commander of Coalition Ground Forces in Iraq, General Ricardo Sanchez said: ” ‘Yesterday was a landmark day for the people and for the future of Iraq. Every single day we get closer to a secure and stable environment that will allow this country to flourish and assume its rightful place in the region and in the community of nations.’ ”

 – Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, News Transcript: “Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez Briefing on the Confirmation of the Deaths of Uday and Qusay Hussein,” U.S. Department of Defense, July 23, 2003