08 April 2006

As if you didn't know

If you haven't seen it yet, you should know that the New York Times reports on another British government memo that reveals Bush and Blair determined to invade Iraq when we were still supposedly try to exhaust every possible diplomatic option.
The memo indicates the two leaders envisioned a quick victory and a transition to a new Iraqi government that would be complicated, but manageable. Mr. Bush predicted that it was "unlikely there would be internecine warfare between the different religious and ethnic groups." Mr. Blair agreed with that assessment.

The memo also shows that the president and the prime minister acknowledged that no unconventional weapons had been found inside Iraq. Faced with the possibility of not finding any before the planned invasion, Mr. Bush talked about several ways to provoke a confrontation, including a proposal to paint a United States surveillance plane in the colors of the United Nations in hopes of drawing fire, or assassinating Mr. Hussein.

Via Digby, who writes well about the layers of incompentence and mendacity which this further demonstrates.

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