Bush Blew It – 15,000 French Troops

Based on a mention at American Street, I tracked down this. Book: Dispute kept France out of Iraq:

“French President Jacques Chirac considered committing up to 15,000 troops to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq until a dispute over U.N. support scuttled prospects for cooperation, according to a new book.

[. . .] The book maintains that Chirac ruled out sending troops because of a seemingly clear intent in the U.S. administration to attack Saddam Hussein’s regime without support from the U.N. Security Council.

At the time, France pressed for renewed efforts by U.N. weapons inspectors to disarm Iraq. Chirac became a leading advocate for a peaceful resolution to the threat posed by Saddam.

[. . .] In one of its most significant allegations, the book says French Gen. Jean-Patrick Gaviard was sent to Washington on Dec. 16, 2002, to offer 10,000 to 15,000 troops, plus military planes and other equipment for an Iraq invasion, on the condition that U.N. inspectors were allowed to continue their work.”

Imagine the different world today, if only Bush had only cooperated with the world…