Read the actual transcript (linked above). I think the Guardian puts a bit of a spin on the actual words spoken.From the Guardian:
THE first President Bush has told his son that hopes of peace in the Middle East would be ruined if a war with Iraq were not backed by international unity. Drawing on his own experiences before and after the 1991 Gulf War, Mr Bush Sr said that the brief flowering of hope for Arab-Israeli relations a decade ago would never have happened if America had ignored the will of the United Nations.He also urged the President to resist his tendency to bear grudges, advising his son to bridge the rift between the United States, France and Germany.
I know we have differences with European countries, and they've got differences with us, some of them. There's a vast array and coalition with supporting the United States, and supporting the President now, but there's a couple quite obvious exceptions to that. But, I worked on those relationships, and I feel confident that when all this calms down, when Iraq lives within the international law, you will see the United States back together as allies and friends with both Germany and France.
I wouldn't blame Bush.... look around you, it's the American way.