There is a meeting between the U.S. and the U.K. at Downing Street in July of 2002.
The Downing Street Memos give us an account of what occurred at the meeting.
In October of 2002, the U.S. Senate gives Bush the authority to wage war on Iraq.
In November of 2002,
Blair and Bush go to the U.N. for a final Iraq resolution. We now know that this "final opportunity" for Iraq to come clean about its weapons programs was just a legal covering that the Blair administration insisted upon, because the case for war at that point was flimsy. Then the Bush and Blair administrations used the lack of weapons discovered by weapons inspectors between November of 2002 and March of 2003 as evidence that Hussein was hiding weapons.
And here we have the tony Tony:
TONY BLAIR: They take bits out here of this memo or that memo, or something someone's supposed to have said at the time, and what people ignore is we went through a very open, obvious process through the United Nations and the issue was how did you -- because the view I took, as the president did, was we had to enforce United Nations resolutions against countries that were developing and proliferating WMD, that after Sept. 11 the world had changed, we had to take a definitive stand.
Stop playing games, Blair! The fact that you went to the United Nations does not contradict or negate the contents of the Downing Street Memos! In fact, it supports the information that the Downing Street Memos gives us - Bush wanted war, you wanted a stronger legal covering, so you guys gamed the system.
Look at the timeline - Bush wants war against Iraq prior to July of 2002. In October of 2002, he gets authority from the U.S. Senate. In November of 2002, he goes to the U.N. You cannot suggest, Mr. Blair, that the open process you claim to have undertaken with the U.N. was the determining factor for invading Iraq. The decision for war was already made.