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Late Summer

Stories of torture and abuse of Guantanamo detainees circulate through White House; Rumsfeld quashes inquiries


"The American people should now be told that we are at war with Saddam Hussein." -- National Review writer William F. Buckley, August, quoted by Frank Rich p.62

US withdraws from nuclear test ban treaty
Proof of Iran's burgeoning nuclear weapons program emerges
Information Awareness Office goes public

"If you think you're going to drop the 82nd Airborne in Baghdad and finish off the job, I think you've been watching too many John Wayne movies." -- Republican senator Chuck Hagel, August 4, quoted by Frank Rich p.61. Hagel will vote to authorize military force against Iraq.

"There's no telling how many wars it will take to secure freedom in the homeland." -- George W. Bush, August 5

"Operation Southern Focus:" US and Turkish air and ground forces attack and occupy Iraqi military targets in preparation for upcoming invasion -- two months before Congress authorizes the use of military force in Iraq

"I promise you I will listen to what has been said here, even though I wasn't here." -- George W. Bush, at the President's Economic Forum in Waco, Texas, August 13

Justice Department plans to intern US citizens in camps

"My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times building." -- Ann Coulter, New York Observer, August 26, quoted in Intervention Magazine

Bush secretly approves invasion of Iraq