Verify that. Let's just say kudo's to you..you verified it. Now what? Can we not consult ourselves? Isn't that the whole basis of unilateralism?
I'm not picking any enemy..just giving a reason why the US acted unilaterally in it's dealings with Iraq. It DOES serve a purpose to point out the fact that France profited from Iraq because you yourself think that we should have consulted with them on our foriegn affairs. By pointing out that France had a lot to lose if Saddaam was ousted, its easy to see why their opinion would be extremely skewed to their best interest and not that of the US. Not doing so would be myopic.