David Frum on Iraq: There was no WH debate
On the tenth anniversary of the Iraq War, conservative columnist and then-George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum looked back on the lead-up to the invasion. Here are the highlights, from the Daily Beast:
On Ahmed Chalabi and Dick Cheney:
I was less impressed by Chalabi than were some others in the Bush administration. However, since one of those “others” was Vice President Cheney, it didn’t matter what I thought. In 2002, Chalabi joined the annual summer retreat of the American Enterprise Institute near Vail, Colorado. He and Cheney spent long hours together, contemplating the possibilities of a Western-oriented Iraq: an additional source of oil, an alternative to U.S. dependency on an unstable-looking Saudi Arabia.
On the decision to go to war: