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Monday, June 13, 2005

Now that there's a verdict in the Jackson Trial...

Perhaps the media can take a minute away from their coverage of the latest Paris Hilton sightings, Katie Holmes's conversion to Scientology, or what's going on with Brad and Angelina, let alone letting the rewriting of Watergate history go with a pass, and go ahead and get down to some serious reporting of impeachable offenses (lying to Congress counts) of George Bush and his imperialist ambitions. In a pre-cursor to the Downing Street Memo, released Sunday by the Sunday Times, comes a "Cabinet Office Paper," an agenda for meeting which produced the Downing Street Memo.

Here's some excerpts:

1. The US Government's military planning for action against Iraq is proceeding apace. But, as yet, it lacks a political framework. In particular, little thought has been given to creating the political conditions for military action, or the aftermath and how to shape it.

2. When the Prime Minister discussed Iraq with President Bush at Crawford in April he said that the UK would support military action to bring about regime change, provided that certain conditions were met:...

So it's clear that the decision had been made in April 2002 (not February 2003 as Dubya keeps saying), and it was necessary to "create the political conditions." (Not that this should surprise anyone at this time.

[excerpted from the Downing Street Memo]
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.

Read more about it here.
And here.
And here.

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