4,450. 1/31/2003

"On January 31 [2003], [President] Bush met with [British Prime Minister Tony] Blair in the Oval Office for two hours. Blair had a request. He explained to Bush that he needed a second UN resolution that explicitly authorized military action against Iraq. …Bush told Blair that regardless of what happened at the United Nations or with the inspections in Iraq, there already was a tentative start date for the war: March 10 [2003]. …Bush was considering creating an incident to start the war. …Bush also mentioned assassinating Saddam. …And when the two talked briefly about postinvasion Iraq, Bush remarked that it was 'unlikely there would be internecine warfare between the different religious and ethnic groups.' Blair agreed."

 – Hubris, Michael Isikoff and David Corn, 1/31/2003

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