Okay, well, it seems this is the most attention we’ve seen yet on the issue of George Bush and the lies told by the White House to wage war against Iraq. The information is not really new though the current spotlight being shown upon the memo seems to be. Let’s hope it intensifies.
Juan Cole has several posts on the topic recently: The Downing Street Memo and “Fixing Around”
At least one commentator has been quoted in the press as questioning what British Intelligence chief Richard Dearlove meant in the Downing Street Memo by the phrase “the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy.” The full passage reads, “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."He also credits his readers for drawing attention to the Piles of Smoking Guns :
Kind readers have drawn my attention to other leaked documents on the British side that lend support to the implications of the Downing Street memo, which alleges that Bush had decided on a war against Iraq by summer, 2004 and would fix the intelligence around the policy.Sure would be nice to see an impeachment come out of this. I’m not holding my breath but hey while I’m engaged in a bit of wishful thinking, hows about a nice long prison term for this sick bunch of lying war criminals… and war profiteers too are they not? Yeah, we need a spotlight alright.
The document shows that Wolfowitz knew very well that Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction were not a presssing issue. The Defense Department consistently pretended otherwise in 2002 and 2003.
A good overview of the record of Iraq decision-making as revealed in leaked British memos is at the BBC Panorama site.
Memo in html via Scoop and as a an index page of pdf files.