Wednesday, June 15, 2005

This Is What I Love About Blogs

What are the odds that, in a world without blogs (this sounds like a bad sci-fi movie, doesn't it? - In a world without blogs, one man had the courage...and so forth...), you and I would have found out there's yet ANOTHER Downing Street Memo, this one contradicting the ones causing such a flurry by asserting that the decision had not been made to go to war pre-diplomacy?

Fortunately, the always reliable Tom Maguire has found the story, buried in the New York Times. This memo is from July 21, 2002, and here's the money quote:
Although no political decisions have been taken, US military planners have drafted options for the US Government to undertake an invasion of Iraq.
As I've been saying for at least a couple of weeks, the Downing Street Memos, collectively, even the supposed 'smoking guns', are non-starters. They confirm nothing more than the conventional wisdom, and anyone who cared to know this information needed go no further than the newspapers, or Bob Woodward's Bush at War.

The only real smoking gun, the only piece of evidence that might actually justify the Left's dreams of impeachment, would be DIRECT evidence that intelligence was 'cooked' at the direction of high-ranking administration officials, or under extraordinary pressure from same, with the knowledge of George W. Bush. When you've got that, talk to me about impeachment...

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