the drum beat grows louder

For most of us, I don’t think there’s a need for any more evidence that the war in Iraq was a war of choice decided on far in advance of 911 (after hearing the recounts of Paul O’Neil, Richard Clarke, Joseph Wilson and others), but, just in case you had any doubts, here’s an excerpt from a new article on the Tom Paine site:

The Downing Street memos have brought into focus an essential question: on what basis did President George W. Bush decide to invade Iraq? The memos are a government-level confirmation of what has been long believed by so many: that the administration was hell-bent on invading Iraq and was simply looking for justification, valid or not.

Despite such mounting evidence, Bush resolutely maintains total denial. In fact, when a British reporter asked the president recently about the Downing Street documents, Bush painted himself as a reluctant warrior. “Both of us didn’t want to use our military,” he said, answering for himself and British Prime Minister Blair. “Nobody wants to commit military into combat. It’s the last option.”

Yet there’s evidence that Bush not only deliberately relied on false intelligence to justify an attack, but that he would have willingly used any excuse at all to invade Iraq. And that he was obsessed with the notion well before 9/11–indeed, even before he became president in early 2001.

In interviews I conducted last fall, a well-known journalist, biographer and Bush family friend who worked for a time with Bush on a ghostwritten memoir said that an Iraq war was always on Bush’s brain.

“He was thinking about invading Iraq in 1999,” said author and Houston Chronicle journalist Mickey Herskowitz. “It was on his mind. He said, ‘One of the keys to being seen as a great leader is to be seen as a commander-in-chief.’ And he said, ‘My father had all this political capital built up when he drove the Iraqis out of Kuwait and he wasted it.’ He went on, ‘If I have a chance to invade…, if I had that much capital, I’m not going to waste it. I’m going to get everything passed that I want to get passed and I’m going to have a successful presidency”…

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  1. mark
    Posted June 21, 2005 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

    It’s not letting me include the link in the post for some reason…

    So, here it is:

  2. Posted June 22, 2005 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    My favorite is our President’s quote: “Both of us didn’t want to use our military…”

    Dear God, how about a little first grade grammar, Dubya. “Neither of us…” And people wonder why I think he’s a complete moron.

  3. john galt
    Posted June 29, 2005 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    LONDON – British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Wednesday the

  4. mark
    Posted June 29, 2005 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    I’ve read it over a few times and I don’t see that he refuted the document’s authenticity, or the substance of what was said…

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