October 19, 2004: Bush Changes Context for War (Los Angeles Times)

  • “This whole thing about WMD and connection with Al Qaeda … were [just] the rhetorical tools he was using to persuade the American people,” Clarke said. “He knew if he got up and said ‘I have this ambitious project for changing the face of the Middle East,’ people wouldn’t have bought into that. So you had these immediate rationales being rolled out, but no great attachment to them.”