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2006/2/3

Lest We Forget

@ 10:28 PM (103 months, 9 days ago)

Next month will mark the 3rd anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. And lest we forget how our Commander in Chief took us to war based on lies, let's once again examine the Downing Street Memo.

For our neo-con friends who don't live in the reality-based community, you may be asking "What's the Downing Street Memo?"  Well, the Downing Street Memo is actually the minutes that were transcribed from a July 23, 2002 British Prime Minister's meeting.

The main bombshell to come from the Downing Street Memo, was the fact that the Bush Administration was so determined to go to war, that it was fixing the facts (read: the intelligence) around the policy (it's determination to go war no matter what).

Here's an actual paragraph from the July 23, 2002 minutes of the UK meeting:

"C reported on his recent talks in Washington. 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 NSC had no patience with the UN route, and no enthusiasm for publishing material on the Iraqi regime's record. There was little discussion in Washington of the aftermath after military action."

http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/1

Republican Budget Gives Ax To The Poor, The Infirm, And Students

@ 09:55 PM (103 months, 9 days ago)

This week, the House passed a morally reprehensible budget bill that gives the cold shoulder to the poor, the infirm, and our nation's students.

The bill that the House sent to the White House for Idiot Son's signature calls for major cuts to Medicaid, Welfare, child support, and student loans. Mind you, this budget was sent to Idiot Son the day after he went before the nation to wrongfully declare that the state of our union is strong.

Equally amazing, is that the House Republicans allowed 13 Republicans worried about their elections this November, to vote against the bill, to provide them political cover when they go back home to campaign this year.

Two-hundred Democrats and one Independent voted agains the bill.

Budget Cuts Pass By a Slim Margin

Poor, Elderly and Students to Feel Pinch

New Secret Memo Shows Just How Determined Idiot Son Was To Go To War

@ 09:23 PM (103 months, 9 days ago)

A new memo that details a January 31, 2003 meeting between Idiot Son and his puppy, Tony Blair, shows just how determined Idiot Son was to go to war with Iraq.

Some of the standouts from the meeting:

- George Bush was worried about the failure to find any hard evidence against Sadaam Hussein.  So much so, that he told Blair he was considering "flying U2 reconnaissance aircraft planes with fighter cover over Iraq, painted in UN colours". Mr Bush added: "If Saddam fired on them, he would be in breach [of UN resolutions]".  In other words, George Bush considered entrapping Sadaam Hussein, because he knew there was no hard evidence that Saddam had WMDs.

- As further evidence that George W. Bush doesn't live in the reality-based community, he told Blair that he did not believe there would be warfare between the various ethnic and religious groups in Iraq.  (NOTE: This is similar to how Bush told Pat Robertson that there would be no casualities in Iraq, after Robertson told him he needed to prepare the nation for a brutal and deadly war).

-  Blair gave Bush assurances that he was "solidly" behind Bush's plan to go to war, despite the fact that he had not yet sought advice on whether the war was legal, and despite the lack of a second U.N. resolution.

This new memo is just more evidence that George W. Bush and Tony Blair deserve to be brought up on charges of war crimes.

Blair-Bush deal before Iraq war revealed in secret memo