This story doesn't surprise me one bit. I think nearly everyone now believes Bush would have gone to war with Iraq, somehow, even if 9/11 never happened. 9/11 had nothing to do with Iraq, after all, and here we are.
This story provides a sort of proof. I can't say it is definitive proof, due to a quirk in how this story was presented. Apparently, Bush was speaking to the prime minister of Spain. A translator (who clearly had his work cut out for him) had to convert Bush's "Texish" into Spanish. And this story converts the text of that discussion back into English, via Google's translator.
The funny thing is, the garbled syntax in this story is no worse--perhaps better than Bush's usual speech patterns!
Scoop for Spanish Daily: Transcript of Private 2003 Bush Talk Promising Iraq Invasion
NEW YORK El Pais, the highest-circulation daily in Spain, today published what it said was the transcript of a private talk between President George W. Bush and Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar on February 22, 2003, concerning the coming U.S. invasion of Iraq. It took place at the ranch in Crawford, Texas.
The conversation took place on the President's ranch in Crawford, Texas. The confidential transcript was prepared by Spain's ambassador to the United States, Javier Ruperez, the paper said.
Bush purportedly said he planned to invade Iraq inf March "if there was a United Nations Security Council resolution or not....We have to get rid of Saddam. We will be in Baghdad at the end of March."
Read on: EditorandPublisher.com