<br>We all knew in the summer of 2002 that Bush and Cheney were determined to drag us into war against Iraq. Now we have the proof. On the basis of a leaked memo, the Sunday Times Newspaper reports that in July 2002 Tony Blair held a war council meeting with his closest aides, a few weeks after Blair's trip to Crawford. Already by that stage, both Bush and Blair had decided to go to war, and it was simply a question of finding the grounds and the occasion to do so. More on the flip. Update [2005-5-1 2:9:34 by smintheus]: I've posted large chunks of the leaked British memo, on which these revelations are based, in the comments.</br>
That was the summer of the long war tease, of rolling out the new product line after the August vacation. But the fix was already on, as many of us suspected. Here are excerpts from the newspaper The Independent reporting on the leaked memo:
Tony Blair had resolved to send British troops into action alongside US forces eight months before the Iraq War began, despite a clear warning from the Foreign Office that the conflict could be illegal.
A damning minute leaked to a Sunday newspaper reveals that in July 2002, a few weeks after meeting George Bush at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, Mr Blair summoned his closest aides for what amounted to a council of war. <b>The minute reveals the head of British intelligence reported that President Bush had firmly made up his mind to invade Iraq and overthrow Saddam Hussein, adding that "the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy".</b>