3,657. 7/23/2002

“On July 23, 2002, [U.K. Prime Minister] Tony Blair held a meeting with senior members of his government to discuss Iraq. Richard Dearlove, the head of British intelligence, briefed the group on his recent talks in Washington, where he had met with CIA Director George Tenet. The minutes of the meeting recorded his report: ‘Military action was now seen as inevitable. Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy. …There was little discussion in Washington of the aftermath of military action.’ ”

 – Michael Isikoff and David Corn, Hubris, Pages 82-83

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