Iraq on my mind

Condoleezza Rice was reportedly looking for a connection to Iraq within hours of 9/11 attacks

Christoher Meyer, the U.K.’s former ambassador to the U.S., has testified at a British inquiry into the Iraq war that Condoleezza Rice phoned him on 9/11 looking for a connection between the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre and Saddam Hussein. Rice knew al-Qaeda was responsible, Meyer said, but was hoping that Iraq was also involved. He also testified that then-Prime Minister Tony Blair initially wanted to focus on Afghanistan, but minds had changed by the time Blair met George W. Bush at Bush’s ranch in 2002. Many war critics believe Blair pledged Britain’s support for the war at that meeting, a full year before Parliament approved any involvement.

CBC News

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