"He made clear to me that he did not want to respond to al-Qaeda one attack at a time. He told me he was 'tired of swatting flies.'"
CONDOLEEZZA RICE, U.S. National Security Adviser, explaining what she said was U.S. President George W. Bush's strategy on al-Qaeda, during her testimony before the commission investigating the attacks of 9/11

"Dr. Rice, we only swatted a fly once, on the 20th of August 1998. We didn't swat any flies afterwards. How the hell could he be tired?"
BOB KERREY, Democratic member of the 9/11 commission,...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!