YES, HE REALLY IS OBSESSED ABOUT IRAQ….Check out this from a Telegraph story on Friday about Tony Blair’s visit to the United States shortly after 9/11:

Officials said one of his main objectives was to ensure that the US administration did not take action against Iraq immediately.

“The final decision to concentrate on Afghanistan was not taken until Blair met Bush in Washington,” said a senior British source.

These guys never cease to amaze me. Can it possibly be true that right after 9/11 Bush seriously considered going after Iraq instead of going after the guys who actually coordinated the World Trade Center attack? Unbelievable.

And then there’s this from a “senior British official” about Bush’s speech to the UN last year:

“For us the key phrase was Bush’s commitment to seeking a new UN resolution to disarm Iraq. We were only sure we had it 24 hours before the speech.

“For some reason this was left out of the text on the teleprompter as Bush was reading it, and he had to improvise. He managed to ad-lib a sentence saying ‘we will work with the UN Security Council for the necessary resolutions’. But instead of saying ‘resolution’ he said ‘resolutions’ in the plural. That’s how we got stuck with the French idea of two resolutions.”

I suppose it didn’t really matter in the end, but what a cluster fuck that must have been. In private, Blair and his aides must be wondering why Churchill got Roosevelt while he has to deal with a guy who seemingly can’t even discuss his own policies coherently unless he’s got a teleprompter in front of him. Poor Tony.

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