Sunday, June 12, 2005

American Media Humiliation - Part II

Part I of this post recaps the huge effort by BushCo to lie about the Iraq war being a last resort, and the American media's virtual blackout of coverage on the Downing Street Memo.

I guarantee Rove is working furiously on an alternate plan this weekend. "Run out the clock" isn't going to work, because something bad (for neocons) is happening in Great Britain as we speak.

More damning evidence has leaked across the pond.

While the American media spent the weekend breathlessly awaiting word on Jacko and the latest missing white woman, the Sunday Times turned the tables and dropped another bomb on Bush.

Ministers were told of need for Gulf war ‘excuse’ - Sunday Times

"Ministers were warned in July 2002 that Britain was committed to taking part in an American-led invasion of Iraq and they had no choice but to find a way of making it legal.

The warning, in a leaked Cabinet Office briefing paper, said Tony Blair had already agreed to back military action to get rid of Saddam Hussein at a summit at the Texas ranch of President George W Bush three months earlier.

The briefing paper, for participants at a meeting of Blair’s inner circle on July 23, 2002, said that since regime change was illegal it was “necessary to create the conditions” which would make it legal.


The document said the only way the allies could justify military action was to place Saddam Hussein in a position where he ignored or rejected a United Nations ultimatum ordering him to co-operate with the weapons inspectors. But it warned this would be difficult.

“It is just possible that an ultimatum could be cast in terms which Saddam would reject,” the document says. But if he accepted it and did not attack the allies, they would be “most unlikely” to obtain the legal justification they needed.

The suggestions that the allies use the UN to justify war contradicts claims by Blair and Bush, repeated during their Washington summit last week, that they turned to the UN in order to avoid having to go to war. The attack on Iraq finally began in March 2003."

The whispers of impeachment just got a little louder, thanks to our deep-throated chap in the Blair government. Anybody at NYT or WaPo still have a pulse? I guarantee you similar documents exist here in America, no matter how secretive Cheney and Rove are.

For a real roundup, check out Shakespeare's Sister's take and this St. Petersburg Times editorial. Think about this quote in the context of the second leaked document:

'At a joint White House news conference last week, both Bush and Blair denied that intelligence had been "fixed" to justify military action.

"There's nothing farther from the truth," Bush said.

"No," Blair added, "the facts were not being fixed in any shape or form at all."'

These two are really stinking up the joint, and I believe the rest of the public is about to smell something bad as well.

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