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France was ready to send 15,000 troops to Iraq.

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posted on Oct, 7 2004 @ 05:48 PM
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Wow, France was ready to send 15,000 troops to fight in the Iraq war but it looks like Bush screwed it up by not allowing the weapons inspectors to do their work. The decision to go in without support from the security council also contributed to their decision to back out.


Sfgate.com
...The book, "Chirac Contre Bush: L'Autre Guerre" ("Chirac vs. Bush: The Other War"), claims Chirac was on the fence about offering French forces as late as January 2003 -- two months before the invasion -- but balked amid signs that President Bush was bent on war...

...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 claims a French general, Jean-Patrick Gaviard, was sent to Washington on Dec. 16, 2002, and offered between 10,000 and 15,000 troops, plus military planes and other equipment for an Iraq invasion -- on condition U.N. inspectors were allowed to continue their work.


A second article on this subject:
Washington Post

[edit on 7-10-2004 by AceOfBase]



posted on Oct, 7 2004 @ 06:40 PM
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Originally posted by AceOfBase
Other War"), claims Chirac was on the fence about offering French forces
condition U.N. inspectors were allowed to continue their work.



I dont believe it, he had to much to loose with war, hell like what came out today, his administration was telling saddam that they would veto!



posted on Oct, 7 2004 @ 06:49 PM
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That makes no sense. Chirac: Offer them troops, but tell them they can only have them if there's no war.



posted on Oct, 7 2004 @ 07:04 PM
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I don't buy it. France had too much to loose in the illegal
oil deals. Also, they have been VERY vocal in the fact that
they wouldn't send troops, no matter what and no matter
who is in the White House. Also - Chirac assured Saddam
that the could counter any war measures America made.



posted on Oct, 7 2004 @ 07:40 PM
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You guys are putting too much into the Oil For Food scandal.

France tried to get the sanctions lifted more than once, that would have put an end to Oil For Food.

Aug 2000: France Calls for Lifting of Sanctions Against Iraq




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