I wrote this article on my other blog earlier this week, about a newly declassified British document showing that
- Bush had made the decision to invade Iraq around July 2002
- that Tony Blair knew this
- that US intelligence was being twisted to support the war decision
- that the invasion would probably be in violation of international law
- that Tony Blair knew the invasion would probably be in violation of international law.
Perhaps this is a tribute to my own cynicism, but I didn’t think this new document was really a big deal. Weren’t we pretty sure that all this was true already? There’s a guy dead on the floor, a man standing over him with something pointed at him, the object in his hand is smoking. And, now we finally find out for sure that the smoking object is a gun.
Others see this as much more important. Middle East scholar Juan Cole has penned a outraged analysis of the memo, pointing out the level of lies and duplicity that this document reveals. And muckraker Greg Palast announces that this document is now grounds for impeachment. And he’s right, of course. Hell, this is probably grounds for trying Bush and Blair as war criminals.
Let’s see how much ink this gets in the American “free press”.
Well, it’s getting a little play. Democrat John Conyers of the House is supposedly asking the Bush administration about this memo, which gives the Chicago Tribune a way to cover the story and not cover the story at the same time. And the Knight-Ridder newspaper piece is pretty good, focusing on the substance of the memo and what it means.
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