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Tony Blair and regime change

A leaked memo from July 2002, discussing a meeting between Blair and Bush, is making headlines oversees. I haven’t seen discussion of it in the US MSM, but it’s worth a read -if nothing else, how often do you get to see a memo headed “SECRET AND STRICTLY PERSONAL - UK EYES ONLY” and containing the warning “This record is extremely sensitive. No further copies should be made. It should be shown only to those with a genuine need to know its contents.”

I mean, what an intro! it's like a big red button saying DO NOT PRESS. But now that the mission's accomplished, elections in Iraq are complete, and democracy and stability are just around the corner, what's the harm of knowing a little more than you need?

There's nothing in the memo that Dems don't already suspect, and that Repubs haven't already forgiven. But if you ever worried about your cynical suspicions that "intelligence and facts were being fixed", that there "was little discussion in Washington of the aftermath after military action", or that "Bush had made up his mind to take military action" even while "the case [for war] was thin" because Iraq's "WMD capability was less than that of Libya, North Korea or Iran", then this will comfort you. It's not paranoia, friend, it's just reality.

Posted by William Cohen at May 1, 2005 2:43 PM