Verbatim: Feb. 16, 2004

"They never said there was an imminent threat. Rather, they painted an objective assessment ... of a brutal dictator who was continuing his efforts to deceive and build programs that might constantly surprise us and threaten our interests." GEORGE TENET, CIA Director, defending his agency, following criticism that it overstated the threat from weapons of mass destruction before the war in Iraq

"I don't know." COLIN POWELL, Secretary of State, when asked whether he would have recommended an invasion of Iraq had he known that it had no stockpiles of banned weapons; later he reiterated that the President's decision to go...

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