Brewtown Politico

Carrying a little stick and speaking loudly in Milwaukee


The Washington Post has a column about a British memo from 2002 indicating the Bush administration was determined to go to war in Iraq and had put little thought into post-war planning.

Here are a couple key passages from the memo:

"The US Government's military planning for action against Iraq is proceeding apace. But, as yet, it lacks a political framework. In particular, little thought has been given to creating the political conditions for military action, or the aftermath and how to shape it."

"It is just possible that an ultimatum could be cast in terms which Saddam would reject (because he is unwilling to accept unfettered access) and which would not be regarded as unreasonable by the international community. However, failing that (or an Iraqi attack) we would be most unlikely to achieve a legal base for military action by January 2003."

On a related note, Gallup has a new poll out that shows nearly 6 in 10 Americans believe the US should withdraw some or all of its troops from Iraq.


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