Brewtown Politico

Carrying a little stick and speaking loudly in Milwaukee


There's a new website about the Downing Street Memo mentioned in my previous post.

The site explains what the memo is and what it means, something most of the news media in this country has failed to. The full text of the memo is there as well. It's dated July 23, 2002, a full eight months before the president sent our country to war.


"The Defence Secretary said that the US had already begun 'spikes of activity' to put pressure on the regime. No decisions had been taken, but he thought the most likely timing in US minds for military action to begin was January, with the timeline beginning 30 days before the US Congressional elections."

"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. We should work up a plan for an ultimatum to Saddam to allow back in the UN weapons inspectors. This would also help with the legal justification for the use of force."


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