The $1billon Exile

September 27, 2007

The Washington Post reports that months before the Iraq invasion there were signs that Saddam would be willing to step down in exchange for one billion dollars and information on weapons of mass destruction.

New details of the talks between the U.S. and Spain surfaced this week, when a Spanish newspaper published transcripts of a February 22, 2004 private meeting between President Bush and former Spanish Prime Minister Aznar.

According to the transcripts, Aznar was advising caution, but Bush insisted on the invasion because, he said, “I believe that I’m right. I’m at peace with myself.

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2 Responses to “The $1billon Exile”

  1. nv1962 Says:

    Considering the factor of about five hundred of the purely financial cost as it stands now, not to mention the humanitarian and international political and security fall-out of the chosen alternative, it would’ve been better to let him go into exile. Let’s blame hindsight, instead… “Who’d have thought, it at the time!”

  2. R. Ortiz Says:

    I don’t think the billion was the problem. Financing a war is not cheap. They must have wanted to go in there, for reasons that escape me.


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