I Love Bob Wooward’s books, from today’s New York Times:
Two months before the invasion of Iraq, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell warned President Bush about the potential negative consequences of a war, citing what Mr. Powell privately called the “you break it, you own it” rule of military action, according to a new book.
“You’re sure?” Mr. Powell is quoted as asking Mr. Bush in the Oval Office on Jan. 13, 2003, as the president told him he had made the decision to go forward. “You understand the consequences,” he is said to have stated in a half-question. “You know you’re going to be owning this place?”
The book, “Plan of Attack,” by Bob Woodward of The Washington Post, reconstructs that and other private conversations between senior Bush administration officials during the 16-month period of planning and preparation that ended with the attack on Iraq last March.
This will be great reading for the coming week.