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Thursday, May 12, 2005

Thursday Junk

Molly Ivins has a great article on Tony Blair's "memo" of July 23, 2002, which, essentially, proves that the Bushies were trying to figure out how to attack Iraq...long before they, uh, included the rest of us in that process.

"'Coz we don't have to."

Excerpts:
On May 1, the Sunday Times of London printed a secret memo that went to the defense secretary, foreign secretary, attorney general and other high officials. It is the minutes of their meeting on Iraq with Tony Blair. The memo was written by Matthew Rycroft, a Downing Street foreign policy aide. It has been confirmed as legitimate and is dated July 23, 2002. I suppose the correct cliché is "smoking gun."

"C reported on his recent talks in Washington. There was a perceptible shift in attitude. Military action was now seen as inevitable. 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. (There it is.) The NSC (National Security Council) had no patience with the U.N. route, and no enthusiasm for publishing material on the Iraqi regime's record. There was little discussion in Washington of the aftermath after military action."

There is much more in the memo, which can be found easily online. What's difficult now is placing the memo in the timeframe. Can you remember how little you knew about a war with Iraq in July 2002? Most of us who opposed the war concluded some time ago this was the way it went down. There was plenty of evidence, though nothing this direct and cold. Think of the difference it would have made if we had known all this three years ago. Now? The memo was a huge story in Britain, but is almost unreported here.
The story "might be" breaking, though.

In the L.A. Times: "Indignation Grows in U.S. Over British Prewar Documents" - Critics of Bush call them proof that he and Blair never saw diplomacy as an option with Hussein --

And on CNN:
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Eighty-nine Democratic members of the U.S. Congress last week sent President George W. Bush a letter asking for explanation of a secret British memo that said "intelligence and facts were being fixed" to support the Iraq war in mid-2002.

The timing of the memo was well before the president brought the issue to Congress for approval.
You're kidding.

So what does this all mean?

"It's the perfect time for an ORANGE ALERT."

"Or a small plane to fly near the White House."

"Or Macaulay Culkin! He slept in Jacko's bed!"

Yeah.

David Sirota has a phenomenal quote on his blog today:
"Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. Among them are [a] few other Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid."

President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 11/8/54
Wow.

Sadly, the numbers of this "splinter group" are no longer "negligible."

But they're still stupid!

Here's another great quote:

MR. LEBOWSKI: Sure! Fuck it! That's your answer! Tattoo it on your forehead! Your answer to everything! Your "revolution" is over, Mr. Lebowski! Condolences! The bums lost! My advice is, do what your parents did! Get a job, sir! The bums will always lose-- do you hear me, Lebowski? THE BUMS WILL ALWAYS --

Slam.

More later...

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