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deminks Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:26 PM
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6 years ago today. The Downing Street memo.
KO reminded me on Countdown tonight. Seems like yesterday.

http://www.downingstreetmemo.com /

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article387374....

DAVID MANNING
From: Matthew Rycroft
Date: 23 July 2002
S 195 02

cc: Defence Secretary, Foreign Secretary, Attorney-General, Sir Richard Wilson, John Scarlett, Francis Richards, CDS, C, Jonathan Powell, Sally Morgan, Alastair Campbell

IRAQ: PRIME MINISTER'S MEETING, 23 JULY

Copy addressees and you met the Prime Minister on 23 July to discuss Iraq.

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.

John Scarlett summarised the intelligence and latest JIC assessment. Saddam's regime was tough and based on extreme fear. The only way to overthrow it was likely to be by massive military action. Saddam was worried and expected an attack, probably by air and land, but he was not convinced that it would be immediate or overwhelming. His regime expected their neighbours to line up with the US. Saddam knew that regular army morale was poor. Real support for Saddam among the public was probably narrowly based.

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.
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LSparkle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:45 PM
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1. Unbelievable ... seems like yesterday but with all the scandals ...
It's like the "Bushed" segment on "Countdown" -- there
are so many other violations to supersede the prior
ones that it's hard to focus ... They're preying on
our national A.D.D.!
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Muttocracy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:44 PM
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2. bump
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:45 PM
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3. It was important knowledge for us to have at the time . .. now their LIES are well known . . .
the "fixing" of intelligence --- the shame of them all --- Colin Powell --- sickening!!!


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Fire Walk With Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:08 PM
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4. Kick and Recommend, Impeach and Prosecute.
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Liberal Dose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 08:20 AM
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5. WOW. Where has the time gone? Seems like the MSM just starting ignoring this yesterday. nt
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