OCCOM BILL wrote:
My memory isn't Crystal either; but if memory serves; France and Russia didn't start throwing around the threat of Veto until after it appeared Bush might be able to get the necessary votes. It has always struck me as absurd that they would do so... and this may shed some light on why. It is no more outlandish than suggesting Bush did it for the sole purpose of stealing oil.
Your memory does not serve you. ;-)
France and Russia maintained, from the very start that any automatic trigger would get an easy veto.
France has not taken this position in many many years.
This was not something about a few million dollars. This was somthing that many people around the world had a very viscera opposition to.
If I were leading Russia, quite frankly I would have told America that a unilateral invasion would result in nuclear war.
Yes, extreme and foolhardy but I would have made that threat. Many many others felt as strongly, I for one have no monetary ties to Iraq. Most of the people who opposed this war did not either.
It's very attractive to paint the opposition as greed, just as it is attractive to paint the war as being about oil.
Wise persons should think long and hard before writing off their opponents so easily.