Truth to Power

Thank heavens for brit leakers

From recently leaked British memos, pre-Iraqi war:

Taken from the White House Meeting Memo, 31 January 2003, seen by Channel 4 News – and detailed in ‘Lawless World’ by Philippe Sands.

President Bush to Tony Blair: “The US was thinking of flying U2 reconnaissance aircraft with fighter cover over Iraq, painted in UN colours. If Saddam fired on them, he would be in breach”

Bush: “It was also possible that a defector could be brought out who would give a public presentation about Saddam’s WMD, and there was also a small possibility that Saddam would be assassinated.”

Blair: “A second Security Council Resolution resolution would provide an insurance policy against the unexpected and international cover, including with the Arabs. “

Bush: “The US would put its full weight behind efforts to get another resolution and would ‘twist arms’ and ‘even threaten’. But he had to say that if ultimately we failed, military action would follow anyway.’’

Blair responds that he is: “solidly with the President and ready to do whatever it took to disarm Saddam.”

Bush told Blair he: “thought it unlikely that there would be internecine warfare between the different religious and ethnic groups.” </i>

Governments have lied their people into war almost as long as war has existed (“Really- the guys in the next cave have rocks! Attack!”) but that doesn’t make it anymore palatable, does it?

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