Verbatim: Sep. 6, 2004

"I don't think you give timelines to dictators." GEORGE W. BUSH, on dealing with the illicit nuclear-weapons programs of the Iranian and North Korean regimes

"If you believe that the intelligence community is doing just fine, thank you, then obviously this is not your bill." PAT ROBERTS, Senate Intelligence Committee chairman, on his proposal to overhaul the nation's intelligence agencies

"We have to be careful about it ... You don't want, in the middle of a war, to go tearing up the pea patch." DONALD RUMSFELD, Defense Secretary, on Senator Roberts' proposal

"We found a string of failures ......

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