The question won't go away. Was a pre emptive war really the last resort, or were we sold a bill of goods? The main claim for war, the threat of weapons of mass destruction, has now proven to have been an illusion. servicemen and women now lie buried because of our involvement in Iraq, hundreds of billions of tax dollars have been expended and according to a Washington Post ABC News poll released Wednesday, most Americans now New Balance Vongo Womens believe the effort hasn't made us safer. That is almost certainly true in that National Guard and reserve units have been run ragged and the Army is lagging badly in recruiting for May, it originally set a goal of 8,050 recruits. It later revised that goal to 6,700. It got about 5,000.
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". It seemed clear that Bush had made up his mind to take military action, even if the timing was not yet decided. But the case was thin. Saddam was not threatening his neighbours, and his WMD capability was less than that of Libya, North Korea or Iran.''
In the wake of the memo, about 90 Democratic members of the House of Representatives are demanding to know if its contents are accurate. "No need'' to respond was the official line from White House press secretary Scott McClellan.
The memo came from a gathering of top British security officials on July 23, 2002. In part it gives input from Sir Richard Dearlove, at the time leader of MI 6, essentially the British counterpart of our CIA. The most damning sections state: "(President) Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD (weapons of mass destruction). But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy.''
months of claims that the final decision to enter Iraq had yet to be made.
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The authenticity of the memo has not been debunked. A number of reasons have been cited for the dearth of coverage, including the memo's timing and the fact the case has already been made in books and news stories that the administration made a decision to strike Iraq shortly after Sept. 11, 2001.
on an undertaking that wasn't necessary, when we find ourselves in a world where there are in fact enemies posing threats and battles that must be fought?
We are left with the elephant in the living room: Did this war have to happen?
The coverage, or lack of coverage, of a story regarding notes from a meeting of British intelligence officials dubbed the "Downing Street Memo'' is quite a mystery.
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The memo was printed on the brink of elections in Britain, and caused British Prime Minister Tony Blair considerable political damage. The bulk of the coverage in this country has mainly been ruminations on why the contents of the memo has been largely ignored and that coverage has been in dribs and drabs. USA Today, the flagship newspaper of the corporation that owns the Citizen Times, didn't mention the memo until this week.
If fact, coverage has been curiously meager, although the contents of the memo were reported in early May by the Sunday Times of London. The intervening weeks have seen the American media focus on runaway brides (Jennifer Wilbanks), runaway mouths (Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean) and a runaway Congress dominated by filibuster fights and stem cell debates.
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Blair visited Washington earlier this week. During a news conference, he and President Bush faced questions about the memo. Addressing the assertions raised by it, Bush said, "There's nothing farther from the truth. Both of us didn't want to use our military. It was our last option.''
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