Friday, June 03, 2005
Downing St. Memo Update
I've joined in with the Big Brass Alliance in disseminating information.
I'm trying not to be overly proud of posting on this memo back on May 10th in a post titled The Discreet Charm of Tony Blair and Iraq:
I guess this is the way preemptive wars are fought. It's like a convention organizer: You book the venue, get sponsors and sell booth space, advertise publicly and make private contracts. You have to plan things ahead of time to make sure it goes off smoothly.An article in Newsday has an interesting confirmation about the contents of the memo:
So we come to what I would refer to as a "Memorandum of Understanding." You know, like the 36 page document drawn up for the Kerry/Bush debates. The broad outlines of the acceleration of tensions toward full war is basically outlined in a recently disclosed memo.
The newly disclosed memo, which was first reported by the Sunday Times of London, hasn't been disavowed by the British government. The British Embassy in Washington did not respond to requests for comment.Again, if you want to read the complete memo go here. It isn't very long and I think worth the read. There is also a Raw Story article.
A former senior U.S. official called it "an absolutely accurate description of what transpired" during the senior British intelligence officer's visit to Washington. He spoke on condition of anonymity.