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Saturday, June 18, 2005

Fixing the Policy

White House spokesman Scott McClellan tried to dismiss the importance of the memo by saying "our focus is not on the past. It's on the future and working to make sure we succeed in Iraq". While the Bush administration would like others to not focus on the past, the past and the future are both very relevant. As the arguments concerning the illegal invasion of Iraq continue to be debated, the Bush administration have begun using exactly the same tactics again, only this time with Iran as the target.

There is no question that "the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy" as the following extract from the memo below clearly shows...
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.

The lies have been exposed... how long will this stonewalling continue?

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