I guess this was quite a helpful briefing for the press:
We don't go into a country to stay in a country. We
go into a country to try to be helpful and then leave
as soon as is possible, but not in a manner that's
precipitous; and not in a manner that would inject an
instability into the situation; and not in a manner
that would suggest to the terrorists that all they
have to do is wait us out, and they'll be able to have
their way. Because if they have their way and impose
their medieval vision on that country in that part of
the world, it would be an enormous price to pay. And
I don't think that's going to happen.
In his introduction Donald Rumsfeld gives a detailed account of the assumptions and decisions that led to the Iraq invasion. You rarely see quotes likes this in the German media:
"Iraq is a long way from Ohio, but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risk that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face..."
Madeleine Albright, secretary of state under President Clinton, in December 1998