Report: Bush said he'd invade Iraq no matter what

The Spanish newspaper El Pais publishes a private conversation from 2003.


Tim Grieve
September 26, 2007 4:55PM (UTC)

In a revelation reminiscent of the Downing Street memo, the Spanish newspaper El Pais has obtained and published what it says is the transcript of a private conversation between George W. Bush and Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar in February 2003.

In the conversation, Aznar reportedly urged Bush to get a second resolution from the United Nations in order to build public support for the invasion of Iraq. Bush's response: The United States would "be in Baghdad at the end of March" no matter what the United Nations did.

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The president was true to his word, or at least the one he seems to have given in his private chat with Aznar: The U.N. never agreed to a second resolution on Iraq, and the United States invaded anyway.


Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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