On May 1, 2005, the Times of London, Britain’s most respected newspaper, published the minutes of a Prime Minister’s meeting that took place on July 23, 2002. Even though this once secret memo proves once and for all that the Bush administration lied and fabricated evidence leading up to the war in Iraq, it has received virtually no attention from the mainstream American media. The authenticity of the memo has been backed by the British government and has been deemed “absolutely accurate” by a senior American official. Granted, most Americans have chosen which story they want to believe concerning the war in Iraq. But there are versions of the truth—and then there is the truth. Have we become so partisan that we can no longer accept one version of the truth? I fear that is the case. And isn’t it ironic given that the Bush administration deals in so many absolutes?
The meeting recorded by this memo took place eight months before the invasion of Iraq. The memo states clearly and unequivocally that the Bush administration had already decided to attack Iraq. At this time, the President was stating publicly that war was only an option and that the U.S. was still trying to find a diplomatic solution.
The memo called the case against Iraq “thin” and went on to say that “Saddam was not threatening his neighbors and his WMD capability was less than that of Libya, North Korea or Iran”. All of this from our ally who was supposedly working with the same flawed intelligence that this administration blamed for lack of Iraqi WMDs.
The most damning evidence is found on the first page of the memo and should be quoted directly. I have added italics for emphasis:
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.
The facts were being fixed. This administration fabricated the case against Iraq, sold it to a still shaken American public, and started a war that it doesn’t know how to end. George W. Bush lied to the American people when he made the case for invading Iraq. This memo is the proof.
Now, as I said before most Americans made up their minds a long time ago about where they stand on the war. That is our right as Americans. What I find so abhorrent is this relativism that plagues our public discourse, which is once again ironic given the President’s attacks on moral relativism. Whether or not you support the war, the truth is the truth. Whether or not you support the President, the truth is the truth. Bush lied. He lied when he said that Iraq was a threat to this country. He lied when he said that his administration had evidence of an Iraqi weapons program. He lied when he said his administration had an exit strategy.
Being an Activism feature, this is a call to action on your part. All I ask is for you to read the Downing Street Memo for yourself. It’s short and to the point, like most memos. All I am is another American with a two-bit website and an email list. I am in no way, shape, or form the mainstream media. Many websites have published this memo. Many of you have probably received some sort of call-to-action email from a progressive PAC. I’m not asking you to call your congressman or news agency. I’m not asking you to contribute money to a cause. You should do all of these things if you are so inclined. All I’m asking you to do is read one short memo. You don’t need the mainstream media to interpret it for you. Just read it with your own two eyes. Just read it and walk away knowing the truth.
It’s sad that the citizens of this country don’t care that their leaders lie to them. We almost expect it. But leading the nation into war under false pretenses is an impeachable offense. I seriously doubt that this memo will lead to that. Just take the truth in your heart. It’s a fine place to start. And when anyone tries to label you as a radical for saying Bush is a liar and we went into Iraq under false pretenses, all you have to do is defend the truth.
The truth will always prevail in the end.
Copyright 2005, Geary Yonker
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