First I had to slap Mr. Smith (London) about this memo drool that seems to say that Bush had it out for Saddam and this was evidenced by buildups and antagonistic flights, blah, blah.

MSNBC carries the story today (why am I not surprised?) about those Downing Street Memos again.

However, as I have told you Mr. Smith was floating this same story in the LA Times OPED pages over the weekend as the "most revealing thing about the memos". So that after getting relagated to the ass-end of the newspapers after nobody paid attention to him the first time, he comes back and says, "No No! Read this, this is the point you missed!"

No Mr. Smith, we didn't miss it. It isn't important because it's bull crap. Then today, the story again revives (its like Mr. Smith called the WAPO and said, "Hey lookie here! You're missing the point!)

Again, here is the question that Smith and others keep beating a dead horse with is this: "Did Bush and Blair decide to go to war with Saddam no matter what?"

The answer is NO. They simply finished what was in the works since the Gulf War ended 14 years ago.

Again quoting Lisa Hoffman in her article, "Trajectory of a crisis" she wrote:

"Was there a devious White House decision, even before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, to concoct a rationale for ousting Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, who had bedeviled America since the 1990-91 Persian Gulf War and who had plotted to assassinate President George H.W. Bush?

If there was, it was hardly necessary. While it was the first for the George W. Bush administration, the 2002 military buildup was at least the fifth time the United States had massed fighting forces and materiel to confront Iraq since the end of Operation Desert Storm. Each time, the use of force was under full contemplation and, in several cases, used."

The fact that Bush and Blair should be commended for completing the job that quite frankly President Bush I didn't, and that President Clinton didn't have the guts to.


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