Dr. Rice was quoted as saying, "I think we also have to take seriously that they might try during the cycle leading up to the election to do something. In some ways, it seems like it would be too good to pass up for them, and so we are actively looking at that possibility, actively trying to make certain that we are responding appropriately."
"Canceling the election would have the additional benefit of allowing us to declare, “Mission Accomplished” in our reconstitution of Iraq’s civil authority. We promised the Iraqi people a democracy. If we cancel the 2004 election, we can announce in all sincerity that what they now have is an American-style democracy."