Monday, June 13, 2005

The Downing Street Memo

As brought up on mypetjawa, and a ton of left wing nut jobs blogs this topic (one of John Kerry's recent favorites) is bound to be in the news for awhile.

And guess what ... it's ALREADY A BOOK ... what a shock!

Let's review the books written by one Mark Danner.

The Secret Way To War - All about the Downing Street Memo ... or at least his opinion on it.

Torture and Truth: America, Abu Ghraib, and the War on Terror - He explains it's not just "a few bad apples". Looks like a pattern beginning.

The Road to Illegitimacy : What Really Happened in the 2000 Florida Vote Re-Count - Title self explanitory.

The Massacre at El Mozote - Here he explains the attrocities of the Regan administration in El Salvador.

The list is longer, and involves other like books with his input, but you get the idea already I'm sure.

Let's look a little at the "author" himself.

About the Author

Mark Danner is a staff writer at The New Yorker and a contributor to Harper's Magazine, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, PBS television, and National Public Radio. He is author of The Massacre at El Mozote. He is a professor at the University of California–Berkeley. He lives in Berkeley, California.

Well ... I think that says it all. Now ... on the memo in question ...

C reported on his recent talks in Washington. There was a perceptible shift in attitude. Military action was now seen as inevitable. Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy. The NSC had no patience with the UN route, and no enthusiasm for publishing material on the Iraqi regime's record. There was little discussion in Washington of the aftermath after military action.

And that means? Who is "Washington"? I recall at that time even the (D)umbassrats in "WASHINGTON" were screaming WMD's, Oust Sadamn Insane, war is inevitable, etc. Not to mention that any good leadership would be looking forward and planning for "what may come". The fact that there was "little discussion in Washington of the aftermath after military action" only serves to prove that they were not making full blown war plans, but merely stating their opinions, and contemplating the possible/inevitable.

The Defence Secretary said that the US had already begun "spikes of activity" to put pressure on the regime. No decisions had been taken, but he thought the most likely timing in US minds for military action to begin was January, with the timeline beginning 30 days before the US Congressional elections.

Yep ... I recall the UN being pressured by the US for more "sanctions" against Sadamn Insane to get him to knock off his crap! Not to mention it is clearly stated here the goal was "pressure" and "no decisions had been taken". This person merely "thought" the US may do something at sometime.

The Foreign Secretary said he would discuss this with Colin Powell this week. It seemed clear that Bush had made up his mind to take military action, even if the timing was not yet decided. But the case was thin.
Saddam was not threatening his neighbours, and his WMD capability was less than that of Libya, North Korea or Iran. We should work up a plan for an ultimatum to Saddam to allow back in the UN weapons inspectors. This would also help with the legal justification for the use of force.

By the way ... have I mentioned this is still all "hearsay" besides the point of it being individual intepretation of what someone else is "seemingly" planning? The "timing was not yet decided", and the plan was still for an "ultimatum" to get the "weapons inspectors" back in. I guess the powers that be just wanted to blow them up in a war also?

The Foreign Secretary thought the US would not go ahead with a military plan unless convinced that it was a winning strategy. On this, US and UK interests converged. But on the political strategy, there could be US/UK differences. Despite US resistance, we should explore discreetly the ultimatum. Saddam would continue to play hard-ball with the UN. John Scarlett assessed that Saddam would allow the inspectors back in only when he thought the threat of military action was real.

I close with the reminder that this is a foreign leadership meeting speculating on what may happen in this situation, and the focus has become what the US MAY have been speculating may possibly come by their best speculation.

Well in that case ... I speculate that the (D)umbassrats are all crooked and their personal finances should all be audited by the IRS immediately. Just call this the "down on the street memo".

Hat-Tip to The Jawa Report

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