Sunday, June 12, 2005

Sexed up, fixed to, made legal

Three easy steps to justify a war.

The Dodgy Dossier. Remember that? Will the UK government be forced to apologize to the BBC for sexing up intel on the march to Iraq?
Mr Cook, repeated that the government had scored a "spectacular own goal" in publishing its dossier about Saddam Hussein. Asked if intelligence had been "sexed up" to back the decision to go to war, Mr Cook said: "I think there was a selection of evidence to support the conclusion."
When the evidence is flimsy, make the facts change...
C reported on his recent talks in Washington. 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.
If it isn't legal, find a way to make it legal.
The briefing paper, for participants at a meeting of Blair’s inner circle on July 23, 2002, said that since regime change was illegal it was “necessary to create the conditions” which would make it legal.
Three easy steps. Bushco duped us all.

by Robster @ 6/12/2005 01:05:00 PM PERMALink