- "We came to bear country, we came loaded for bear and we found out the bear wasn't here."
- "The Iraqis are sick people and we are the chemotherapy. I am starting to hate this country. Wait till I get hold of a friggin' Iraqi. No, I won't get hold of one. I'll just kill him."
- "We're going to ask people to turn up to the buildings even if they don't exist."
- "It's no coincidence that no terrorist operations were mounted by al Qaeda. This was the big game for them -- you put up or shut up and they have failed. It proves that the global war on terrorism has been effective, focused and has got these guys on the run."
- "[T]his was not the primary reason we went to war. We emphasized the danger of Saddam's weapons … in order to gain legal justification for war from the United Nations and to emphasize the danger here at home to our own people. We were not lying … 'it was just a matter of emphasis.'"
- "Saddam Hussein is a terrible person, he is a threat to his own people. I think his people would be better off with a different leader, but there is this sort of romantic notion that if Saddam Hussein got hit by a bus tomorrow, some Jeffersonian democrat is waiting in the wings to hold popular elections. You're going to get -- guess what -- probably another Saddam Hussein. It will take a little while for them to paint the pictures all over the walls again -- but there should be no illusions about the nature of that country or its society. And the American people and all of the people who second-guess us now would have been outraged if we had gone on to Baghdad and we found ourselves in Baghdad with American soldiers patrolling the streets two years later still looking for Jefferson."
- "Stuff happens."
- "We have entered World War IV. More than a war against terrorism, this is a war to extend democracy to those parts of the Arab and Muslim world that threaten the liberal civilization we worked to build and defend throughout the 20th century . . . . I hope it will not be as long as the 40-plus years of World War III but it will certainly be longer than either World War I or World War II. It will probably take decades."
- A Defense Intelligence Agency officer from Task Force 75, the group charged with finding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, on closing up shop after finding no such weapons.
- A U.S. marine, after his unit killed 12 Iraqi civilians.
- Maj. Gen. Carl Strock of the Army Corps of Engineers at a news conference explaining that Iraqi civil servants were being asked to return to work even in cases where there were no facilities left because of looting.
- Cofer Black, long-time CIA terrorism official who now heads the State Department's counterterrorism office, a week before al Qaeda attacks in Saudi Arabia and Morocco.
- Unnamed U.S. officials, quoted by ABC News, asked the significance if no weapons of mass destruction are found in Iraq.
- Colin Powell, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1992.
- Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, explaining why U.S. forces had not prevented looting in Iraq.
- James Woolsey, former CIA director and current Pentagon adviser, indicating his broader agenda.
- Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf, Saddam Hussein's Minister of Information.