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2005

The last laugh

06/10/05

On Tuesday, more than a month after the 'Downing Street memo' first appeared on Britain's front pages, a Reuters correspondent asked George W. Bush and Tony Blair to explain the secret document that says the Bush administration had decided by July 2002 to invade Iraq -- and that the intelligence on Saddam Hussein's arsenal was then being 'fixed' to bolster an otherwise exceedingly 'thin' justification for war. While the president and the prime minister airily attempted to dismiss the explosive memo -- just as many mainstream and conservative journalists in the United States did at first -- they have a lot more explaining to do. History will hold them accountable even if the press does not. For unlike previous indications of Bush's duplicity in promoting the war, this document provides historical evidence of a kind that usually remains hidden in a vault for years or even decades"... [subscription or ad view required]

//www.salon.com/opinion/conason/2005/06/10/downing_street_memo/

from Salon, by Joe Conason


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