Friday, March 7
"Condi had told David overnight that Putin had been clear with Bush that they would veto thye second resolution. Also we still didn't have a clue whether Chile and Mexico would come over. The mood was gloomier than ever"
March '03: Putin veto threat
Sunday, March 9
"Jonathan and I continually emphasised we needed the second resolution. We had seven definite votes still, but Condi was less confident re Chile and Mexico. [Vicente] Fox [President of Mexico] was in a state of torture because it was such a big thing to stand up against the US"
March '03: Reviewing the UN options
Monday, March 10
" TB did a long call with Bush. There was something crazy and random about what was going on. It was pure accident of timing that suddenly made Chile and Mexico the focus of so much diplomacy, TB working on Lagos, Bush on Fox. TB said when this is over, we need to take a long hard look at the reality of how the UN works"
March '03: French sending mixed messages to Saddam
Wednesday, March 26
"A distorted view of the US was clouding everything - look at how much cynicism there was at their efforts in the Middle East. We had to break that down. Why had Mexico and Chile gone the other way?"
March '03: 'Shock and awe' not really happened
THE BLAIR YEARS
Extracts from the Alastair Campbell Diaries