In case there wasn’t enough evidence already showing that the Bush administration purposely lied us to war with Iraq, a reportedly confidential memo of a meeting between President George W. Bush and Tony Blair — a couple of months before the invasion of Iraq — reveals that despite the lies they kept feeding to the public, they were planning to invade Iraq all along and nothing was going to stop them.
The memo, dated January 31, 2003, was written almost two months before the illegal invasion of Iraq. It confirms that Bush and Blair were aware that UN inspectors would find no weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and contemplated other schemes to legitimize the invasion. A seperate memo (which can be found below), reveals that the U.S. planned to bug the phones and emails of United Nations Security Council members — with the supposed exception of the U.S. and Great Britain. Lest we forget, the NSA has been spying illegally since at least February 2001, though most likely long before that. In 1999, Texas Governor George W. Bush said he was going to invade Iraq after he became president.
According to the memo, Bush told Blair that the U.S. had drawn up a plan “to fly U2 reconnaissance aircraft painted in UN colors over Iraq with fighter cover” hoping that Saddam would fire at the planes, to try and put the Iraqi leader in breach of UN resolutions.
Bush hoped an Iraqi defector would be “brought out” to give a public presentation on Saddam’s WMD or that Saddam would be assassinated. But, Bush was ready to invade Iraq with or without UN approval. Blair was “solidly with the president.”
Invading Iraq Was a Priority for Bush and Blair
The five-page memo also outlines how Bush had decided on a start date for the war. The penciled in date for the bombing to begin was March 10, 2003. It also reveals that invading Iraq was a priority for Bush and Blair, who planned to invade Iraq with or without the existence of any WMD. More information on the memo and Bush and Blair’s deceptions can be found in the article from The Guardian UK.
Reports of the memo emerged in February 2006. Despite their lies to the media about not having decided on war with Iraq, the January 31, 2003 memo reveals that war was planned almost two months before the illegal invasion. Bush lied about WMD, Saddam’s links to al Qaeda, the attacks of 9/11 and about having UN authorization for launching an attack on Iraq, yet, as noted by the Daily Kos, none of the reporters present during Bush’s lies to the media have said anything about it.
The memo reveals that Bush told Blair the U.S. would put its full weight behind efforts to get another UN resolution and would twist arms and even threaten — something Bush did so well — but that ultimately, if the push for a UN resolution failed, the U.S. would invade anyway. That same day the memo was written, Bush decided to have the National Security Agency (NSA) launch a plan to illegally spy on UN Security Council members.
Since Bush’s illegal invasion of Iraq, an estimated 1.2 to 1.3 million Iraqis have been killed. 4.7 million Iraqis were forced to evacuate their homes. Nearly 6 million Iraqis have been displaced from their homes or killed as a result of Bush’s crimes. That doesn’t include the number of Iraqis injured, traumatized, impoverished and deprived of clean water and other basic human needs. More than 4300 U.S. soldiers have been killed in Iraq alone and tens of thousands more maimed and wounded and there appears to be no end in sight.
Bush’s Plan to Bug UN Security Council Members
The text of the memo outlining Bush’s plans to bug the phones and emails of key United Nations Security Council members from the Guardian UK is below:
To: [Recipients withheld]
From: FRANK KOZA, Def Chief of Staff (Regional Targets)
Sent on Jan 31 2003 0:16
Subject: Reflections of Iraq Debate/Votes at UN-RT Actions + Potential for
As you’ve likely heard by now, the Agency is mounting a surge particularly directed at the UN Security Council (UNSC) members (minus US and GBR of course) for insights as to how to membership is reacting to the on-going debate RE: Iraq, plans to vote on any related resolutions, what related policies/ negotiating positions they may be considering, alliances/ dependencies, etc – the whole gamut of information that could give US policymakers an edge in obtaining results favorable to US goals or to head off surprises. In RT, that means a QRC surge effort to revive/ create efforts against UNSC members Angola, Cameroon, Chile, Bulgaria and Guinea, as well as extra focus on Pakistan UN matters.
We’ve also asked ALL RT topi’s to emphasize and make sure they pay attention to existing non-UNSC member UN-related and domestic comms for anything useful related to the UNSC deliberations/ debates/ votes. We have a lot of special UN-related diplomatic coverage (various UN delegations) from countries not sitting on the UNSC right now that could contribute related perspectives/ insights/ whatever. We recognize that we can’t afford to ignore this possible source.
We’d appreciate your support in getting the word to your analysts who might have similar, more in-direct access to valuable information from accesses in your product lines. I suspect that you’ll be hearing more along these lines in formal channels – especially as this effort will probably peak (at least for this specific focus) in the middle of next week, following the SecState’s presentation to the UNSC.
Thanks for your help.
· Footnote: This email was originally transcribed with English spellings standardised for a British audience. Following enquiries about this, we have reverted to the original US-spelling as in the document leaked to The Observer.
Will the revelation of more of Bush’s lies regarding the illegal invasion of Iraq that have become a national embarrassment — in addition to all the evidence of Bush’s torture crimes — finally lead to prosecution? How much longer can the Obama administration and the American people ignore Bush’s crimes?
More and more evidence of the crimes committed in America’s name by the Bush administration keeps trickling out. The “National Security” and “States Secrets” claims need to be recognized for what they are; nothing more than lies being utilized to keep crimes against humanity and a plethora of other atrocious crimes – by the Federal government covered up, especially information relating to the previous presidential administration.
Too much secrecy and too many lies has led America and the rest of the world to where we are today. It’s time to change that, it’s time for the truth to come out and it’s time for the perpetrators of all those crimes to be held accountable for their actions, regardless of who they are.
Email | Share This
Back to Bill’s Blog | Bill’s Links and More