4,460. 1/31/2003

President Bush met with British Prime Minister Tony Blair on January 31, 2003. “Blair told Bush that he needed to get a second UN resolution [authorizing military action against Iraq]. …Bush was set against a second resolution. …But Blair had the winning argument. It was necessary for him politically. It was no more complicated than that, an absolute political necessity. …’If that’s what you need, we will go flat out to try and help you get it,’ he told Blair…Bush called it ‘the famous second resolution meeting’ and said that Blair ‘absolutely’ asked for help.”

 – Bob Woodward, Plan of Attack, Pages 296-297

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