Wednesday, May 04, 2005

The Hunter

Last night during dinner, one of the guests who had at one time in his early life been stationed in the far northern regions of the US, where he was charged with releasing the hell fire of nuclear destruction on our enemies, opined as to how he could not understand why the opposition party in the geographic state of the United States was not constantly barraging and lambasting the party in control and its administration for its illegal war on another country under false premises. He could not understand why the issue was not brought up at every opportunity.

Apparently, one Democrat feels the same way.

This should not be allowed to fall down the memory hole during wall-to-wall coverage of the Michael Jackson trial and a runaway bride," he remarks. "To prevent that from occuring, I am circulating the following letter among my House colleagues and asking them to sign on to it."


May 2, 2005

The Honorable George W. Bush
President of the United States of America
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. President:

We write because of troubling revelations in the Sunday London Times apparently confirming that the United States and Great Britain had secretly agreed to attack Iraq in the summer of 2002, well before the invasion and before you even sought Congressional authority to engage in military action.

While various individuals have asserted this to be the case before, including Paul O'Neill, former U.S. Treasury Secretary, and Richard Clarke, a former National Security Council official, they have been previously dismissed by your Administration.

However, when this story was divulged last weekend, Prime Minister Blair's representative claimed the document contained "nothing new." If the disclosure is accurate, it raises troubling new questions regarding the legal justifications for the war as well as the integrity of your own Administration.

The Sunday Times obtained a leaked document with the minutes of a secret meeting from highly placed sources inside the British Government. Among other things, the document revealed:

* Prime Minister Tony Blair chaired a July 2002 meeting, at which he discussed military options, having already committed himself to supporting President Bush's plans for invading Iraq.

* British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw acknowledged that the case for war was "thin" as "Saddam was not threatening his neighbours and his WMD capability was less than that of Libya, North Korea, or Iran."

* A separate secret briefing for the meeting said that Britain and America had to "create" conditions to justify a war.

* A British official "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."

As a result of this recent disclosure, we would like to know the following:

1) Do you or anyone in your Administration dispute the accuracy of the leaked document?

2) Were arrangements being made, including the recruitment of allies, before you sought Congressional authorization go to war? Did you or anyone in your Administration obtain Britain's commitment to invade prior to this time?

3) Was there an effort to create an ultimatum about weapons inspectors in order to help with the justification for the war as the minutes indicate?

4) At what point in time did you and Prime Minister Blair first agree it was necessary to invade Iraq?

5) Was there a coordinated effort with the U.S. intelligence community and/or British officials to "fix" the intelligence and facts around the policy as the leaked document states?

We have of course known for some time that subsequent to the invasion there have been a variety of varying reasons proffered to justify the invasion, particularly since the time it became evident that weapons of mass destruction would not be found. This leaked document - essentially acknowledged by the Blair government - is the first confirmation that the rationales were shifting well before the invasion as well.

Given the importance of this matter, we would ask that you respond to this inquiry as promptly as possible.

Thank you.

Sincerely,
Congressman John Conyers

These words in the Times Story are of particular interest:

The minutes, published by The Sunday Times today, begins with the warning: “This record is extremely sensitive. No further copies should be made. The paper should be shown only to those with a genuine need to know.” It records a meeting in July 2002, attended by military and intelligence chiefs, at which Blair discussed military options having already committed himself to supporting President George Bush’s plans for ousting Saddam.

If the political context were right, people would support regime change,” said Blair. He added that the key issues were “whether the military plan worked and whether we had the political strategy to give the military plan space to work”.

The political strategy proved to be arguing Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction (WMD) posed such a threat that military action had to be taken. However, at the July meeting Jack Straw, the foreign secretary, said the case for war was “thin” as “Saddam was not threatening his neighbours and his WMD capability was less than that of Libya, North Korea or Iran”.

Straw suggested they should “work up” an ultimatum about weapons inspectors that would “help with the legal justification”.

Blair is recorded as saying that “it would make a big difference politically and legally if Saddam refused to allow in the UN inspectors”.

A separate secret briefing for the meeting said Britain and America had to “create” conditions to justify a war.

And then there is this

New Poll: 57% Now Say Iraq War 'Not Worth It'

By E&P Staff Published: May 03, 2005 6:30 PM ET

NEW YORK The number of Americans who do not believe it was “worth it” going to war in Iraq continues to grow, now reaching 57% of the public, according to a new CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll. Just 41% say it was worth it.

Just last week, Gallup placed the “not worth it” figure at 53%. In February the “not worth it” sector stood at 48%. Yet there have been very few media explorations of the possible reasons for this sentiment.

Asked how things are going for the United States in Iraq, 56 percent said "badly" or "very badly," up from 45 percent in March.


Perhaps Gallop should ask,

Should we trade our Blood,

our Greatness,

our Credibility,

and our National Soul,

for Oil?

Or should we lead the world

by waging peace

and bringing a new world of energy

that frees the earthfamily from this folly?

The numbers would speak as loud,

as the stalking hunter is quiet.


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5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad you are back. Mountains are good, but there is so much work here in the valley.

6:18 AM  
Blogger hopstarr said...

The consideration of the end or goal is required in rational and moral action. The end DICTATES the structure of an end achived. Ethics express the way the structure must be used to attain the end. If the end is god, then we are obligated to structure accordingly. Conduct opposed to this attainment is invalid.

As bad as opinion is about Blair in England, he's gaining in the polls "...because the Labor Party has done so well with the economy..." How prevalent has that same attitude been in this country?

What was it Mark Knoffler said?
"There's frost on the graves and the monuments,
But the taverns are warm in town.
We complain about the government
And shovel hot food down."

The last two issues of the Texas Electric Co-op Magazine (April & May-Hill Country edition...find copies and read them...you won't be dissappointed....) feature articles written by local high school students expressing the importance of ethics. Clearly an indication that we are raising some ethically minded kids these days. How long will that attitude prevail when the role models held out to them is in direct opposition?

6:24 AM  
Blogger hopstarr said...

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6:29 AM  
Blogger Charlie Loving said...

I agree with this, but no one is paying attention.

The media is fixated on the woman who got cold feet at her wedding and ran of to New Mexico. CNN did over an hour on that last night. And we have that world event, the MJ trial which takes up hours and hours, and of course the scandal at ABC with the American Idol and Paula Abdoul. I mean who has time for oils and war? We have more important things to worry about. Is Pooh Bear really gay and what is the deal with Piglet? They could be gay democrats?

Air America is even falling into the trap of stupidity.

No one has yet to mention that Belize was cut off from the world when their cable was cut by protestors and is Dafur still there? And what is the reason behind the Nicaraguan's president getting pummeled with stones and wounded? Not important,if it weren't for the net I would be really lost as a news junkie.

My young friends, my son, his friends are all oblivious to news. If it's not sports or a new video game they could care less.

Himmler has won.

6:30 AM  
Blogger archive said...

The Chronic Meme Institute has approved of this posting and recommended it to others.

That's the answer to the question,
" But what can I (or any of us) do about it? "

10:24 PM  

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