INVADING IRAQ….Yesterday I noticed a story in the Guardian about yet another leaked memo from Downing Street regarding the invasion of Iraq:
A memo of a two-hour meeting between the two leaders at the White House on January 31 2003 ? nearly two months before the invasion ? reveals that Mr Bush made it clear the US intended to invade whether or not there was a second UN resolution and even if UN inspectors found no evidence of a banned Iraqi weapons programme.
“The diplomatic strategy had to be arranged around the military planning”, the president told Mr Blair. The prime minister is said to have raised no objection. He is quoted as saying he was “solidly with the president and ready to do whatever it took to disarm Saddam”.
This is apparently getting more attention today, but I’m not quite sure I get what the fuss is about. Surely this isn’t news to anyone, is it? Of course Bush was planning to invade no matter what.
On the other hand, the U.S. plan to paint a spy plane in UN colors and hope Saddam would shoot it down ? now that’s comedy gold. Ten bucks says it was Cheney’s idea.