It is in many ways the weirdest shard of reporting from those years, and its testimony is from no less than the former president of France:

The president of the United States, in a top-secret phone call to a major European ally, asked for French troops to join American soldiers in attacking Iraq as a mission from God. Now out of office, Chirac recounts that the American leader appealed to their “common faith” (Christianity) and told him: “Gog and Magog are at work in the Middle East…. The biblical prophecies are being fulfilled…. This confrontation is willed by God, who wants to use this conflict to erase his people’s enemies before a New Age begins.”


Is this true? I haven't seen it denied and it's barely been reported stateside. And did Bush actually believe that talking like an end-times evangelical was a good way to persuade the president of France? Agog.

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