The Fix Was in on Iraq
The memo summarizes a report to Tony Blair and others in the British government by Brian Dearlove (known in very Bondesque terms as 'C'), the head of MI6, the British equivalent of the CIA.
Here is the quote that makes you stand up and say, 'Hmmm:'
C [Dearlove] 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 conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy.
Why was it necessary to sex up the intelligence? Because there was no evidence that Iraq was participating in terrorism, threatening her neighbors, or building WMDs.
British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw admitted as much, as the memo makes clear: "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 neighbors, and his WMD capability was less than that of Libya, North Korea, or Iran."
From the time the memo was written, a systematic propaganda campaign was orchestrated, as chronicled by former CIA analyst, Ray McGovern. Among the fabrications passed off as fact were the following: "1) Aluminum artillery tubes misdiagnosed as nuclear related; 2) Forgeries alleging Iraqi attempts to obtain uranium in Africa; 3) Tall tales from a drunken defector about mobile biological weapons laboratories; 4) Bogus warnings that Iraqi forces could fire WMD-tipped missiles within 45 minutes of an order to do so; 5) Dodgy dossiers fabricated in London; and 6) A U.S. National Intelligence Estimate thrown in for good measure."
The allegations stemming from the memo should create a media firestorm and a slew of Congressional investigations. But so far, there has been nothing but silence, so far as I am able to discern, from major American media outlets other than Knight Ridder News. And I won't expect Republicans in Congress to step up to their oversight responsibilities. After all, that would require that they take time out of their busy schedules granting legal status to "undocumented workers" and finding a myriad of unconstitutional ways to spend your money.
What, too, of our Evangelical and Catholic friends who defended the illegal and immoral invasion as a Just War? Will the revelations of deceit cure them of their war fever?