08 May 2005

Smoking gun

Perhaps you've heard about the secret Downing Street memo by an aide about UK Prime Minister Blair's meeting about Iraq policy. If not here's the key bits. I've emphasized the real kickers.
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. The NSC had no patience with the UN 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.
The Foreign Secretary said he would discuss this with Colin Powell this week. 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.

The Attorney-General said that the desire for regime change was not a legal base for military action.

AlterNet talks about the implications, reminding us, for example, that
In the following months, "the case" would be buttressed by a well-honed U.S.-U.K. intelligence-turned-propaganda-machine.
Not news if you've been paying attention, but creepy to have so explicitly confirmed.

1 comment:

SactoDan said...

So what's the point, Bush wanted to remove Sadaam? This is not news. Sadaam needed removing.