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Buried in the sand
"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."


"[...]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."

This record is extremely sensitive. No further copies should be made. It should be shown only to those with a genuine need to know its contents.

Dubya, of course, remains dodgy
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grashupfer From: grashupfer Date: June 10th, 2005 04:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the link. That's beautiful.
komos From: komos Date: June 10th, 2005 04:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I keep wondering just what, exactly, it will take to convince The American VoterTM that this whole escapade has been a sham.
alex_victory From: alex_victory Date: June 10th, 2005 05:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't think it's possible. The major media outlets are so cowed by the administration that, even if they carried this story, they'd immediately go to Bush's Press Secretary for "rebuttal".

Remember, some absurdly high percentage of US citizens believe that we found WMDs in Iraq.
muzzie From: muzzie Date: June 10th, 2005 05:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have to agree...as sad as it is, the media has been co-opted by the government. Try and give a fair amount of press to anti-Bush sentiment and be accused of liberal media bias by his supporters. Its a no win situation for them right now.

Why haven't the Newsweek allegations gotten more press now that the Pentagon acknowledges that they were at least in part, accurate? They were forced to retract the statements, and come out looking like idiots but I don't hear anyone giving publicity to the fact that they were correct in most instances with the published allegations. Instead I read op-ed letters on why doesn't the press publish stories of the Muslims desecrating our bible...yeah...please move south where you belong.
why_style From: why_style Date: June 10th, 2005 07:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
oh yeah, northerners would never be so irrational when it comes to people who are different. oh, wait, what about this?

i do agree with your main point though. it's amazing to me the way the administration it able to get out of taking responsibility for things by attacking minor details in the accuser's story.
komos From: komos Date: June 10th, 2005 07:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can see how they'd believe that, what with all the lies spread by the "liberal media."

Oh, wait.

wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: June 10th, 2005 05:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

A Small Thing Americans Can Do...

Sign the petition at http://www.moveonpac.org/tellthetruth/

I got emails from both MoveOn and Democracy for America about the Memo. The above link is to a petition that will be attached to a letter being sent to G.W. that asks several questions that members of Congress first asked when the Memo was first leaked in May.

I realized this morning that I have been trained into Learned Helplessness by my current status as a constituent of 2 staunch Republicans (Senator Lugar and Representative Hostettler): No matter how many letters I send them, they practically never vote the way I'd like. But, I can't give up. There's too much at stake. The "compromise" to protect the judicial filibuster is laughable. Judges the American Bar Association felt were too biased have now been confirmed to the Court of Appeals. And this morning I learned from Burke about the attack on Public Broadcasting. It's too much. I must fight.
From: ulf_rulz Date: June 10th, 2005 06:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism, for it is the merging of state and corporate power."

-Benito Mussolini

That about explains mainstream media, eh folks?

I'm all for Conyers & the upcoming hearings, but I don't think the Neo-cons are going out politely. Or peacefully, for that matter. Time for 'regime change,' at home.
why_style From: why_style Date: June 10th, 2005 06:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
i read the times article about this on wednesday and was pretty much flabbergasted (well, maybe i wasn't, but it's a pretty funny word doncha think?). i understnad the US press reluctance to cover it after rathergate adn the recent newsweek snafu. this administration is expert at focusing attention on little details to pick apart the critic and avoid actually answering the main charges, so it's a tough climate to be a journalist: you have to be absolutely, 300% positive before you report anything critical, or you've got no shot at actually makign a difference. did you happen to see colin powell on the daily show on wednesday night? that was in interesting dance around the downign street memo he did. i think he basically ended up saying that while the intelligence might not have been definitive, they could make a pretty good guess at saddam's intentions based on his prior bad behavior. it really amazes me how unapologetic this administration is, even now when so many people know the truth.
komos From: komos Date: June 10th, 2005 07:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
You mean the Newsweek story that got retracted even though the American Red Cross and later The Pentagon confirmed that desecration of the Quran was taking place at Gitmo? You can take one of two tacks on that. Either you bury your head in the sand and just outright deny that it happened, or you go full-bore jingoist and say they had it coming for disrespectin' Merka. I don't know which is more contemptable at this point.

I've lost all respect for Colin Powell. I had a shred when it appeared he was still thinking critically, but he's become just another Bush toady.

What use is the truth when you're dealing with an administration that is a product of the great myth of American superiority and believes that the reality that it creates is all that matters?
why_style From: why_style Date: June 10th, 2005 07:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
yeah, i thought we already dealt with manifest destiny. eventually we'll either be taken over by the Chinese (as my dad suspects) or the Hispanic population will become the majority- either way we can hope whoever comes to power has more sense, though i seriously doubt it.
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