There’s much of interest in this extract, Rabid. Firstly, on the 18 March 2002 memo extract:
Well, university students study such issues, and they would have known the content of the 1999 UNICEF Report on the effects of sanctions on Iraqi civilians…
Interesting bit about the weapons inspections:
Saddam wasn’t ‘wrongfooted’ – he allowed the inspections. But, as we all know, the problem was solved another way: by pulling out the UN weapons inspectors:
The Downing Street Memo, and perhaps more importantly the accompanying briefing papers, originally made public by the Sunday Times (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-1593607,00.html) concluded:
For more: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-1592724,00.html
Tonight MSNBC Hardball did a special report with updates on the memos/briefings (as well as references to books written by former members of the Bush administration) – transcripts not yet available.
Though proof of “fixing” intelligence about a “smoking gun” (mushroom cloud), for example, have yet to be specified, the memos leaked to date show that the decision to go to war was made BEFORE there was a case made for going to war. Aside from this “chicken and egg” question, the behind the scenes timeline does not match up properly to events.
In the meantime, other more general reports on the war…
June 20, 2005 | 7:22 p.m. ET
The White House spin cycle (David Shuster)
For more: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5445086/
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