Tape refutes Armitage denial
In a recorded interview, former Deputy Secretary Richard Armitage clearly states the US asked for military aid from the Netherlands.
THE HAGUE—The controversy surrounding Dutch support for the Iraq War continues this afternoon. The Dutch Associated Press (GPD) says its tape recording of an interview with former US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage proves that he did say the United States asked the Netherlands for military support before the invasion of Iraq.
In an interview on the Dutch news program NOS Journaal Wednesday evening, he said he could not remember making the comments published in Dutch newspapers last week.
However according to GPD, Armitage said twice that the United States had asked the Netherlands for military assistance. In fact, Armitage asserted that the United States “absolutely” requested Dutch military support in the Iraq War in an interview with a GPD correspondent.
Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende maintains that the US never did ask the Netherlands for military support before the invasion of Iraq. According to Balkenede there was never a question of a formal request, but that there was talk “in a general sense” of the possibility of support.
Radio Netherlands/NRC Handelsblad/Expatica