"First, just if I might correct a misperception. I don't think we ever said -- at least I know I didn't say that there was a direct connection between September the 11th and Saddam Hussein... I don't want to be argumentative, but I was very careful never to say that Saddam Hussein ordered the attacks on America."
-- George W. Bush, speaking in Cleveland, 3/20/06
"Whereas the President and Congress are determined to continue to take all appropriate actions against international terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations or persons who planned, authorized, committed or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such persons or organizations;"
--the Joint Resolution to Authorize the Use of U.S. Armed Forces Against Iraq, 10/2/02
"We realized on September the 11th, 2001, that killers could destroy innocent life. And I'm never going to forget it. And I'm never going to forget the vow I made to the American people that we will do everything in our power to protect our people. Part of that meant to make sure that we didn't allow people to provide safe haven to an enemy. And that's why I went into Iraq."
-- George W. Bush, White House Press Conference, 3/21/06