Posted: 05/05/05 16:43, Edited: 05/26/13 11:25
by Dave Mindeman
When we became embroiled (in excruciating detail) in the sex life of Bill Clinton, Conservatives in this country seemed to have no trouble with bringing this seaminess to an impeachment level. Well, I want your reaction to the following paragraph:
"...(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 conjucntion of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy."
This is a paragraph from a secret memo retrieved and published by the London Times. It was written by Matthew Rycroft (a Downing Street foreign policy aide) on July 23, 2002. The memo was restricted as "SECRET AND STRICTLY PERSONAL -- UK EYES ONLY".
Another telling paragraph: "The Defence Secretary (British) said that the US had already begun 'spikes of activity' to put pressure on the regime. No decisions had been taken, but he thought the most likely timing in US minds for military action to begin was January, with the timeline beginning 30 days before the US congressional elections. 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. ....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."
"Fixed around the policy" ... "the case was thin". The clear implication is that we were being led to war and the reasons were being sought after the decision had been made. Is that the type of leadership we can put our confidence in going forward in a very uncertain world?
Does this rise to the level of an impeachable offense? Well, as Greg Palast (the author of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy) puts it, "a conspiracy to commit serial fraud is, under federal law, racketeering. ... (but) the Mob's schemes never cost so many lives."
It is clear from that memo that the British and American government had cleared a course of action prior to raising the issues that would justify that action. That, ladies and gentleman, is clearly fraud.
George Bush campaigned on bringing honor and integrity back to the White House. It looks like we are still waiting....
THE MEMO :
LONDON TIMESONLINE ARTICLE:
GREG PALAST COMMENTARY ON BUZZFLASH