Downing Street Redux

NYT:

But behind closed doors, the president was certain that war was inevitable. During a private two-hour meeting in the Oval Office on Jan. 31, 2003, he made clear to Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain that he was determined to invade Iraq without the second resolution, or even if international arms inspectors failed to find unconventional weapons, said a confidential memo about the meeting written by Mr. Blair’s top foreign policy adviser and reviewed by The New York Times.

“Our diplomatic strategy had to be arranged around the military planning,” David Manning, Mr. Blair’s chief foreign policy adviser at the time, wrote in the memo that summarized the discussion between Mr. Bush, Mr. Blair and six of their top aides.

“The start date for the military campaign was now penciled in for 10 March,” Mr. Manning wrote, paraphrasing the president. “This was when the bombing would begin.”

I’m shocked, shocked to find there is gambling going on here.

Seriously, the most newsworthy part of this is the fact that it hardly even ranks as news anymore. Bush was set on this Iraq war from the day he took office, since before 9/11. He was determined to make it happen, evidence be damned.

Daily Kos has the money quote from Bush: “To assume I wanted war is just flat out wrong”. Is there any sane person that can actually believe that at this point?

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