They're History, Their History


"The war against terrorism is a new kind of war. It is not the traditional clash between nations adhering to the laws of war that formed the backdrop for [the Geneva Convention Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War] my judgment, this new paradigm renders obsolete Geneva's strict limitations on questioning of enemy prisoners..."


“If there's a leak out of my administration,
I want to know who it is.”

"Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 in the attacks and prepared for war; liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers."

"Just get me a fucking faith-based thing. Got it?"
--to David Kuo, Office on Faith-Based Initiatives


"I think one has to say it's not just simply a matter of capturing people and holding them accountable, but removing the sanctuaries, removing the support systems, ending states who sponsor terrorism. And that's why it has to be a broad and sustained campaign. It's not going to stop if a few criminals are taken care of."
--Dept of Defense News Briefing (September 13, 2001)

"There's a lot of money to pay for this. It doesn't have to be U.S. taxpayer money. We are dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction, and relatively soon."
--Congressional Testimony (March 27, 2003)

"Fuck You"
--to Al Franken at the White House correspondents dinner
(after he asked "Hi. Dr. Wolfowitz. Hey, the Clinton military did a great job in Iraq, didn't it?")


"But no terrorist state poses a greater or more immediate threat to the security of our people and the stability of the world than the regime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq."
--Hearing Before the House Armed Services Committee (September 10, 2002).

"You and a few other critics are the only people I've heard use the phrase immediate threat. I didn't, the president didn't. And it's become kind of folklore that that's what's happened."
--CBS Face the Nation, March 14, 2004

"We know where they [Iraq's WMD] are. They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south, and north somewhat....I would also add, we saw from the air that there were dozens of trucks that went into that facility after the existence of it became public in the press and they moved things out. They dispersed them and took them away. So there may be nothing left. I don't know that. But it's way too soon to know. The exploitation is just starting."
--ABC News this week, (March 30. 2003)