Yahoo News has a story up about a highly classified British memo that was leaked during their recent election which shows that Bush tried to fit the facts to his policy instead of the other way around so he could justify taking out Saddam to the American public.
A highly classified British memo, leaked in the midst of Britain’s just-concluded election campaign, indicates that President Bush decided to overthrow Iraqi President Saddam Hussein by summer 2002 and was determined to ensure that U.S. intelligence data supported his policy.
The document, which summarizes a July 23, 2002, meeting of British Prime Minister Tony Blair with his top security advisers, reports on a visit to Washington by the head of Britain’s MI-6 intelligence service.
The visit took place while the Bush administration was still declaring to the American public that no decision had been made to go to war.
This just confirms what many of us strongly suspected all along. Bush lied to us repeatedly about his decision making process with regards to deciding to take this country to war. He lied about not having made a decision yet, he lied about what Iraq was capable of, and lied via omission by handpicking facts to support his policy while ignoring anything that didn’t.
The newly disclosed memo, which was first reported by the Sunday Times of London, hasn’t been disavowed by the British government. A spokesman for the British Embassy in Washington referred queries to another official, who didn’t return calls for comment on Thursday.
A former senior U.S. official called it “an absolutely accurate description of what transpired” during the senior British intelligence officer’s visit to Washington. He spoke on condition of anonymity.
A White House official said the administration wouldn’t comment on leaked British documents.
How convenient that the White House has a policy of not commenting on leaked British documents. Not that it matters, he’s already been re-elected and has enough support by the Fundamentalists in his party to ensure that nothing close to the word “impeachment” so much as gets uttered in Congress over this issue.
As of this past May 1st it’s been two years since Bush stood on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln with a banner fluttering behind him declaring “Mission Accomplished” and in that time 1,457 more U.S. Soldiers have died. Additionally it’s estimated that between 21,447 and 24,324 civilians have been killed in Iraq since the start of our “liberation” of their country. Meanwhile we still haven’t caught Osama bin Laden and brought him to justice for the events of 9/11. And if you’ve been paying attention to the news recently it seems that the Iraqi elections have done little to stem the tide of car bombings in Iraq and the U.S. seems incapable of making a dent in the terrorist problem.
While I’m busy picking at old scabs, whatever happened to all those pesky Weapons of Mass Destruction that the Administration kept promising they’d find eventually? Has anyone found a single chemical or biological weapon anywhere that might in any way validate the big lie Bush used to take us there in the first place? No? So surely all those conservative bloggers who told the rest of us that we’d be eating our words once they dug them all up have since gotten around to apologizing for their unfounded faith in the Presidents claims, right? No? Just shut up and wait, they said. So how long do we have to wait? Another two years?
It seems there’s a slow, but sure release of damaging news items like this as time goes by and yet no one seems to get all that outraged about it. Among his supporters Bush seems incapable of doing wrong and no amount of proof showing just how dishonest he is makes a bit of difference to his fans. Clinton lied about a blow job and had to go through an impeachment. Bush lied about Iraq and took the U.S. into what is clearly an illegal war and the best we can manage is to have Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich) circulate “a letter among fellow Democrats asking Bush for an explanation of the document’s charges”. Yeah, I’m sure he’s quaking in his boots over that. Are the priorities of the people in this country really that fucked up that a blow job is more deserving of an impeachment than an illegal war? Thousands of people didn’t die when Clinton got his hummer in the oval office, though a nice dress was stained pretty badly.
Perhaps that’s the problem with Bush; no one’s blowing him so he has to get rid of his testosterone by invading other countries for no reason other than he really, really wants to. Quick, someone get that man a couple dozen loose interns and maybe he’ll lighten up a bit.
Found via Life in Bush’s America.