Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld during opening statements of a Senate hearing titled “U.S. Policy Towards Iraq” on C-SPAN: “There are a number of terrorist states pursuing weapons of mass destruction, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria just to name a few. But no terrorist state poses a greater or more immediate threat to the security of our people than the regime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq.”

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, “U.S. Policy Toward Iraq,” Senate Hearing Transcript, C-SPAN, September 19, 2002