"America must not ignore the threat gathering against us. Facing clear evidence
of peril, we cannot wait for the final proof – the smoking gun – that could
come in the form of a mushroom cloud."
W. Bush October 7, 2002
Whew! Lucky for us, the smoking
gun came in the form of "Top Secret" notes, the authenticity of which is
not disputed, of a briefing British Prime Minister Tony
Blair received on July 23, 2002, from Richard Dearlove, then director of
MI-6, about his trip to America in July 2002. It does indicate danger, but not
from Saddam Hussein. After spending some time among his American counterparts
at the CIA and the NSC, Mr. Dearlove reported,
"Military action [against Iraq] 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.
…[T]he case was thin. Saddam was not threatening his neighbours, and his WMD
capability was less than that of Libya, North Korea or Iran."
As Ray McGovern, retired CIA analyst of 27 years, founder of Veteran Intelligence
Professionals for Sanity, and guest on my radio show of May 7 [stream]
"As long as our evidence, however abundant and persuasive, remained circumstantial,
it could not compel belief. It simply is much easier on the psyche to assent
to the White House spin machine blaming the Iraq fiasco on bad intelligence
than to entertain the notion that we were sold a bill of goods.
"Well, you can forget circumstantial."
This is it folks, no more pretending. George
W. Bush, Dick
Rumsfeld, Colin Powell,
Rice, and the
of them are
[.pdf], murdering war criminals. Aluminum tubes,
laboratories, warehouses full of biological
and chemical agents, remote control planes
that could fly across the Atlantic Ocean to spray us with chemical weapons:
every last assertion was a deliberate, premeditated lie intended
to scare us into letting them kill people.
It worked, and so far their invasion has resulted in the deaths of over 100,000
people and the untold destruction
of their property. It has helped bin Laden "complete
the radicalization of the Islamic world" and recruit
thousands of new
followers, pushed socialist Europe even further away from
our country from regular people all over the world, and wasted hundreds of billions
of borrowed dollars.
The British notes also indicate that they were so comfortable with the option
of staging a provocation that the subject only warranted one offhand phrase:
"[Option] (b) Running Start. Use forces already in theatre (3 x 6,000),
continuous air campaign, initiated by an Iraqi casus belli. Total lead
time of 60 days with the air campaign beginning even earlier."
Remember the Maine?
In their meeting, they also discussed using the United Nations to help with
the frame-up. While noting the U.S. National Security Council's impatience with
the UN, and the necessity of making an invasion appear legal, they decided,
"We should work up a plan for an ultimatum to Saddam to allow back in the
UN weapons inspectors … we should explore discreetly the ultimatum. Saddam would
continue to play hard-ball with the UN.
"The Attorney-General said that the desire for regime change was not a legal
base for military action. There were three possible legal bases: self-defence,
humanitarian intervention, or UNSC authorisation. The first and second could
not be the base in this case. Relying on UNSCR 1205 of three years ago would
be difficult. The situation might of course change."
Leaving aside the fact that "humanitarian intervention"
and UN Security Council authorization
[.pdf] are no justifications for invasion, get a load of Blair's angle on the
"[I]t would make a big difference politically and legally if Saddam refused
to allow in the UN inspectors. Regime change and WMD were linked in the sense
that it was the regime that was producing the WMD.… If the political context
were right, people would support regime change. The two key issues were whether
the military plan worked and whether we had the political strategy to give the
military plan the space to work."
So much for the law applying to the government. All that is needed is the right
"political context," and they can kill whomever they want.
For anyone just catching up, here's what we already knew: Bob
Woodward, the Washington Post's number one "insider"; Paul
O'Neill, Bush Jr.'s first Treasury secretary; Richard
Clarke, his first head of counterterrorism; the reports of the Project for a New
American Century; and the past 15 years of neocon history
have all shown that Bush
around him wanted to go to war with Iraq long before they took office.
We know that Dick Cheney made multiple
visits to CIA headquarters to hassle the analysts who, for a time at least,
lacked the proper enthusiasm for "fixing the intelligence," and that he finally
gave up. He then had the "Defense" Department's Deputy Director for Policy Douglas J. Feith,
a lawyer for arms dealers and a signatory to the "Clean Break"
paper for Benjamin Netanyahu, create the Office of
coordinate the lies and funnel them straight up to Cheney's office,
then presumably to whoever reads to the
president, then to the
media, and on down to us.
It is also worth noting that the Larry Franklin espionage case, the outing of Valerie
Plame, and the Chalabi spy ring
can all be traced back to the liars in Feith's office.
We've known they were lying for some time now – this
memo is just the icing on the cake.
We also know that they are rehearsing the same script against
Iran right now.