January 13, 2010

WERE BUSH AND BLAIR REALLY THE ONLY WORLD LEADERS WHO UNDERSTOOD SADDAM'S NATURE?:

Blair and Bush ‘set a trap’ for Saddam (Jim Pickard, January 13 2010, Financial Times)

Britain and the US agreed to seek a United Nations resolution against Iraq in late 2002 to “set a trap” for Saddam Hussein, according to the former head of the British civil service.

Lord Turnbull said that the idea of a single resolution to serve as an ultimatum to the Iraqi government was agreed between George W. Bush and Tony Blair at Camp David in September 2002.

The resolution, which was adopted in November 2002, was presented at the time as an attempt to force Iraq to fulfil its obligations to disarm – and therefore avoid military conflict. But Lord Turnbull’s comment lends weight to the idea that the allies were bent on confrontation long before the March 2003 invasion. It has been suggested that the US and Britain knew Saddam would be unwilling or unable to meet the resolution.


How much clearer could W have made it than in his UN speech in September 2002?

Among the UN Resolutions that the dictator was already in violation of was one requiring him to stop repressing his own people. In order to comply he'd have had to regime change himself.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 13, 2010 7:09 PM
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