Rick Heller at Centerfield picks up a nugget I’d missed:
According to Sir Christopher Meyer, the former British Ambassador to Washington, who was at the dinner when Blair became the first foreign leader to visit America after 11 September, Blair told Bush he should not get distracted from the war on terror’s initial goal – dealing with the Taliban and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan.
No real surprise here, I suppose, but further backing for the notion that Team Bush had a bad case of Iraq on the brain, in a way that the events of 9-11 didn’t much change.
(Scroll to the bottom of the Guardian story for some interesting detail on how the second UN resolution came to be: a version that makes the Chirac government appear somewhat less obstructionist than its public stance would have suggested. Apparently France would have been willing to have us invade on the basis of Res. 1441 without a second resolution, but Blair’s officials thought he needed one legally and politically.)