Thursday, May 12, 2005

Secret Iraq Memo Rasises Serious Questions

A group of 89 U.S. Congressmen have sent President Bush a letter demanding the President explain a secret memo about the lead-up to the Iraq war. The memo was printed in a May 1st Times of London story and details a high-level meeting between British and US officials in July of 2002.

According to the memo, the Bush administration had already decided to remove Saddam from power. The memo says:

"Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy.

It should be noted that “fixed” means “put in place” and not “invented,” but this is still a pretty disturbing revelation. Was the policy of overthrowing Saddam decided first and then facts found to justify the decision? At best, this is bad policy making. At worst, this memo reveals that the Bush administration may have hand-picked and even purposefully misinterpreted facts in their zeal to “prove” that there was a need to go to war.

Perhaps there is a reasonable explanation for what is revealed in the memo. But, so far, the administration has had no comment. Is this a bombshell or just some overstatements by a British official that look much worse than they are? The Bush Administrations needs to provide an explanation. The mainstream media needs to push for one.

A Little Left of Centrist has been all over this story for days and we thank him for bringing the memo to our attention.


At 10:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

AT LAST more Americans are waking up to this story. We have been reading about it on secondary news sources since it appeared in the Times of London over a week ago, but the MSM has glibly ignored it, to the great detriment of the American People. When Bush is finally impeached for lying his way to war, the Editors in Chief and Executive Producers of every major newspaper and network news broadcast should be summarily fired. It is ridiculous that this isn't a bigger story than anything else that's made headlines!

At 11:12 AM, Blogger SherAn said...

There is no "may have" wiggle room on this one. Go to Raw Story to view the actual documents themselves. BushCo decided to take Saddam out and jockeyed the intelligence to support its case for war. Going to the U.N. was a ploy to appease the U.S. public and Congress. Yes, it is breathtaking in its sheer audacity! Now that we are $300 billion in the red and counting, when will mainstream Republicans wake up and smell the coffee!


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