Tuesday, May 03, 2005

To war, or not to war

A memo from across the pond implies that this matter wasn't so much under discussion. It looks like we were just looking for some justification. That is the full text of the memo (I believe). Some choice bits of nosh:

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.

and later:

It seemed clear that Bush had made up his mind to take military action, even if the timing was not yet decided. But the case was thin. Saddam was not threatening his neighbours, and his WMD capability was less than that of Libya, North Korea or Iran. We should work up a plan for an ultimatum to Saddam to allow back in the UN weapons inspectors. This would also help with the legal justification for the use of force.

Honestly, if I'd wanted to make Bush look really bad, this is the memo I would have written. I wonder if it is a fake? The stir has beein going on in the British Press for a couple of days now though.

Here is a very very lefty article on this. And here's an article in the Washington post where I got the Memo, mostly about Tony Blair's situation. Here is something detailing what is going on in the US political arena. (i.e. nothing) Via Atrios

Helloooooo Liberal Mainstream MEEEDIAAAA where AAAAREEEE YOOOOOOOOOU!!!

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