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Blair and Bush: bad cop, worse cop?

September 27, 2007

In case there’s anyone out there who still thinks the war in Iraq was necessary to get rid of Saddam Hussein, a recently published transcript of a prewar meeting between Bush and Spanish president Jose Maria Aznar shows Bush turned down an offer by Saddam to go into exile.

Here’s a Reuters:

Saddam Hussein was prepared to take $1 billion and go into exile before the Iraq war, according to a transcript of talks between U.S. President George W. Bush and an ally, Spanish newspaper El Pais reported on Wednesday.

While it would obviously be unethical to allow a thug like Saddam to disappear into exile, it does show that the war was unnecessary. Personally, I think this would have been a better option than a million dead Iraqis, thousands of dead allied troops, and a foreign policy that’s alienating most of the world.

Anyone with me on that?

Juan Cole has a good post on the transcript:

Bush is typically bullheaded, impatient, conspiratorial, bullying, arrogant, ill-informed and way over-optimistic. The transcript shows the true colors of the man– a sort of thuggish, ignorant Mafia don– who destroyed the United States and destroyed Iraq.

At one point Aznar prophetically says, “The thing that worries me is your optimism.

Reflecting on the timing of the invasion, Bush is prepared to attack illegally, and play bad cop to Blair’s ‘good’ cop:

Aznar: Tony [Blair] wants to wait until March 14.

Bush: I prefer the 10th. This is like a good cop, bad cop routine. I don’t care if I’m the bad cop and he’s the good cop.

Even Fed boss Alan Greenspan admits the war was about oil.

The question is, as American neocons develop a sudden concern for the plight of Iranian homosexuals, can we stop these evil bastards pulling the same trick in Iran?

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