Of note, I think, is the question of whether we could rely on an 'old' authorization to use force:
The more difficult issue is whether we are still able to rely on the same legal base for the use of force more than three years after the adoption of resolution 1205 (1998). Military action in 1998 (and on previous occasions) followed on from specific decisions of the Council; there has now not been any significant decision by the Council since 1998.
The Downing Street Memo:
Minutes of Prime Minister's Meeting Held 23 July 2002.
The briefing paper provided preparatory to that meeting:
IRAQ: CONDITIONS FOR MILITARY ACTION (A Note by Officials)
The "New" Downing Street Memos:
- Iraq Options Paper: ods020308.pdf
- Iraq Legal Background: fcolegal020308.pdf
- David Manning to PM re Your Trip To Iraq: manning020314.pdf
- Political Director P.F. Rickets to PM re IRAQ: ADVICE FOR THE PRIME MINISTER: ricketts020322.pdf
- Jack Straw to PM re: CRAWFORD/IRAQ: straw020325.pdf
- Christopher Meyer/British Embassy to David Manning re IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN: Conversation with Wolfowitz meyer020318.pdf
The six documents above are also available here.
BBA | After Downing Street