Sunday, June 12, 2005

Downing Street Documents Confirmed By British

Memo: U.S. Lacked Full Postwar Iraq Plan

I have never been so thankful for the British as I am now. More information is surfacing that validates the fact that the Bush administration had no plan for the aftermath of the Iraq invasion, thus proving what Bush critics have been saying all along.

A briefing paper prepared for British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his top advisers eight months before the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq concluded that the U.S. military was not preparing adequately for what the British memo predicted would be a "protracted and costly" postwar occupation of that country.

The eight-page memo, written in advance of a July 23, 2002, Downing Street meeting on Iraq, provides new insights into how senior British officials saw a Bush administration decision to go to war as inevitable, and realized more clearly than their American counterparts the potential for the post-invasion instability that continues to plague Iraq.

In its introduction, the memo "Iraq: Conditions for Military Action" notes that U.S. "military planning for action against Iraq is proceeding apace," but adds that "little thought" has been given to, among other things, "the aftermath and how to shape it."


This document was produced two days before the Downing Street memo and provides us more validity that the Bush administration did not give much, if any, thought to the devastating impact of their actions.

Apparently the Brits saw Iraq becoming the quagmire we see today but Bush and his war crew (Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Ashcroft, Rice, Powell and others) either were incompetent in their plans or else they did not care. It seems that Iraq's oil was the ONLY concern. I say this because there have been admissions from big oil execs (publisized) that Bush had asked them to figure out the best way to privatize all of Iraq's oil, to which they were not willing...they make more money if the oil is NOT privatized. Bush had to redesign his plans after two different execs from the oil industry turned him down.

Now, disclosure of the memo written in advance of that meeting (Downing Street memo) -- and other British documents recently made public -- show that Blair's aides were not just concerned about Washington's justifications for invasion but also believed the Bush team lacked understanding of what could happen in the aftermath.
In a section titled "Benefits/Risks," the July 21 memo states, "Even with a legal base and a viable military plan, we would still need to ensure that the benefits of action outweigh the risks."

Saying that "we need to be sure that the outcome of the military action would match our objective," the memo's authors point out, "A post-war occupation of Iraq could lead to a protracted and costly nation-building exercise." The authors add, "As already made clear, the U.S. military plans are virtually silent on this point. Washington could look to us to share a disproportionate share of the burden."

That memo and other internal British government documents were originally obtained by Michael Smith, who writes for the London Sunday Times. Excerpts were made available to The Washington Post, and the material was confirmed as authentic by British sources who sought anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss the matter
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Here you have it after weeks of wondering...

the material was confirmed as authentic by British sources


Bush and his war mongering bully administration has lied to the American people. He has caused tens of thousands of deaths and is responsible for the devastation of a country that we had no reason to attack. He is resposnsible for a massive National debt for no other reason than to line the pockets of a choice few in his attempt to extend the American Empire.

To love your country is to impeach Bush and his crew and bring them up on charges for their war crimes. Any American who does not hold him accountable is not worthy of being an American and shares the same blood on their hands.

The Bush administration, every single one of them, are enemy combatants to the United State of America.

1 Comments:

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