December 29, 2002
NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL –
Excerpt From Minutes, Thursday,
September 13, 2001, 9:30am...
Cofer Black, Director, CIA Counterterrorism: Mr. President, we can do this. We'll set this thing up so it's an unfair fight. You give us the mission, we can get ‘em. We'll rout'em out. When we're through, they will have flies walking across their eyeballs.
President G.W. Bush: How long will it take?
Cofer Black: Once we're on the ground it should go in weeks.
Colin Powell (in handwritten note to file): The president is tired of rhetoric. He wants to kill somebody.
Note: The above may not be declassified.