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    02 February 2006

    BREAKING: Blair-Bush tried to coax Saddam into conflict

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    This is breaking out of The UK tonight. Another memo of a late January conversation between President Bush and Prime Minister Blair indacates a comitment to war on Iraq no matter what; meaning with or without WMD. It also indicated that Bush desired to coax Iraq into a conflict by flying a UN disguised spy plane over the State. More...
    A memo of a two-hour meeting between the two leaders at the White House on January 31 2003 - nearly two months before the invasion - reveals that Mr Bush made it clear the US intended to invade whether or not there was a second UN resolution and even if UN inspectors found no evidence of a banned Iraqi weapons programme.
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    The memo seen by Prof Sands reveals:

    · Mr Bush told Mr Blair that the US was so worried about the failure to find hard evidence against Saddam that it thought of "flying U2 reconnaissance aircraft planes with fighter cover over Iraq, painted in UN colours". Mr Bush added: "If Saddam fired on them, he would be in breach [of UN resolutions]".

    · Mr Bush even expressed the hope that a defector would be extracted from Iraq and give a "public presentation about Saddam's WMD". He is also said to have referred Mr Blair to a "small possibility" that Saddam would be "assassinated".

    · Mr Blair told the US president that a second UN resolution would be an "insurance policy", providing "international cover, including with the Arabs" if anything went wrong with the military campaign, or if Saddam increased the stakes by burning oil wells, killing children, or fomenting internal divisions within Iraq.

    · Mr Bush told the prime minister that he "thought it unlikely that there would be internecine warfare between the different religious and ethnic groups". Mr Blair did not demur, according to the book.

    That last point really gets me. Anyone who thought the aftermath in Iraq would be stable was either another ingorant American that believes anything or a liar; either of which the President has proven to be capable of.

    Posted by Geoff

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