Lying Media Bastards

June 11, 2005

Smoking Gun Doggy Bag

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A number of activist folks are proclaiming that the Downing Street Memo is a “smoking gun” which finally proves that the Bush administration had decided to wage war on Iraq back in April of 2002.

But this USA Today article from November 2002, that I’ve linked to numerous times, reported that Bush “decided that Saddam must go more than 10 months ago.” Which would mean that the White House made the decision to invade Iraq as early as December 2001.

It is entirely possible that this article is incorrect, but the paper’s insistence that they “interviewed officials at the White House, State Department, Pentagon, intelligence agencies, Congress and elsewhere” for their info is fairly compelling. It also fits the timeline; if Bush denounced Iraq as part of the “Axis of Evil” for the first time in January 2002, it makes sense that he may have decided to oust Hussein the previous month.

So while the Downing Street memo is pretty damning stuff, it seems that it might not correctly portray how long ago the White House formalized their plans. And, it also looks as though we had some ignored pistol haze almost two and a half years ago.

Posted by Jake on June 11, 2005 9:08 pm

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