War & politics: Sept 11th, bin Laden, Middle East news, from my own perspective.
"At the moment, U.S. forces in Iraq are straining every nerve to find, capture or kill Saddam Hussein."
The UK and US sexed up the reasons to invade Iraq. Bush and Blair were wrong to do that. Sure he's a tyrant, murderer, and I'm glad he's gone, but to have cheated to do it leaves me with a bad taste. We need to show lesser developed countries that we are a source for good, and just. Good it may have done (that's yet to be decided), just it certainly wasn't.
BBC: Senator Joseph Lieberman, another Democratic presidential hopeful, said the controversy "breaks the basic bond of trust we must have with our leaders in times of war and terrorism".
BBC (10 July): ex-Prime Minister John Major: "We are in the middle of the war against terror and nobody knows what our troops may be asked to do next.
"It is essential that the word of government and the intelligence services is readily accepted by Parliament and the public."
BBC (11 July): Former cabinet minister Clare Short said the prime minister had seen himself as "a kind of higher mortal than the rest of us" and had decided it was acceptable to "slightly fool" the public in making decisions over Iraq.
He had been guilty of "half-truths, slight deceptions, exaggeration" in the run-up to the war.
John Pilger (June 3): "Such a high crime does not, and will not, melt away; the facts cannot be changed. Tony Blair took Britain to war against Iraq illegally. He mounted an unprovoked attack on a country that offered no threat, and he helped cause the deaths of thousands of innocent people. The judges at the Nuremberg Tribunal following world war two, who inspired much of international law, called this "the gravest of all war crimes"."
Today the Iraqi civilian body count has risen past 6,000 despite the smart, precision weapons.
Sure, Saddam was killing thousands too, but that wasn't the reason I supported the war.
Remember the second, so called dodgy dossier in February 2003? The one that was plagiarised for a student's thesis in the internet? Well, this is a about the first September 2002 dossier...
"The plagiarised documents in the first dossier included mention of ballistic missiles, unmanned drones, nuclear programmes, "dual use" of civil material, maps showing how British bases in Cyprus were within range of Iraqi missiles and Saddam's supposed plan for regional domination."
All lifted for the internet and two years old.
I could retch, I'm so pissed off with Blair. He's really fucked up. Bye bye Blair, too clever for your own good. Thinking he could lie to the UK (and the world, and me) and get away with it.
If we want to keep the Labour Government in, which I do, he has to go as Clair Short says, "Quit before it gets nasty."
"...The Office of National Assessments -- Australia's top intelligence analysis agency which reports directly to the prime minister -- said it knew of doubts over the claims Iraq had sought uranium from Africa, but had not told Howard. "
Australia's dragged into it too. When are we going to hear from Spain and Italy?
BBC: In his January address, Bush said: "The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa."
From Tenet's full text...
"...From what we know now, agency officials in the end concurred that the text in the speech was factually correct, i.e. that the British government report said that Iraq sought uranium from Africa. This should not have been the test for clearing a presidential address. This did not rise to the level of certainty which should be required for presidential speeches, and CIA should have ensured that it was removed."
Newsday.com: ...The CIA had tried unsuccessfully for months to substantiate the British allegation on which the claim was based
BBC: Tenet apparently singled out to be the fall guy.
And via dailykos: CIA directors make poor fall guys.