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May 29, 2005

Bush is a Big Fucking Liar

Sign This Letter!

Rep. Conyers: "I believe the American people deserve answers about [the Downing Street Memo] and should demand directly that the President tell the truth about the memo."

Rep. John Conyers is trying to get 100,000 signatures on the following letter:

The Honorable George W. Bush
President of the United States of America
1600 Pennsylvania Ave, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20005

Dear Mr. President:

We the undersigned write to you because of our concern regarding recent disclosures of a Downing Street Memo in the London Times, comprising the minutes of a meeting of Prime Minister Tony Blair and his top advisers. These minutes indicate that the United States and Great Britain agreed, by the summer of 2002, to attack Iraq, well before the invasion and before you even sought Congressional authority to engage in military action, and that U.S. officials were deliberately manipulating intelligence to justify the war.

Among other things, the British government document quotes a high-ranking British official as stating that by July, 2002, Bush had made up his mind to take military action. Yet, a month later, you stated you were still willing to "look at all options" and that there was "no timetable" for war. Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, flatly stated that "[t]he president has made no such determination that we should go to war with Iraq."

In addition, the origins of the false contention that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction remains a serious and lingering question about the lead up to the war. There is an ongoing debate about whether this was the result of a "massive intelligence failure," in other words a mistake, or the result of intentional and deliberate manipulation of intelligence to justify the case for war. The memo appears to resolve that debate as well, quoting the head of British intelligence as indicating that in the United States "the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy."

As a result of these concerns, we would ask that you respond to the following questions:
1)Do you or anyone in your administration dispute the accuracy of the leaked document?
2) Were arrangements being made, including the recruitment of allies, before you sought Congressional authorization to go to war? Did you or anyone in your Administration obtain Britain's commitment to invade prior to this time?
3) Was there an effort to create an ultimatum about weapons inspectors in order to help with the justification for the war as the minutes indicate?
4) At what point in time did you and Prime Minister Blair first agree it was necessary to invade Iraq?
5) Was there a coordinated effort with the U.S. intelligence community and/or British officials to "fix" the intelligence and facts around the policy as the leaked document states?

These are the same questions 89 Members of Congress, led by Rep. John Conyers, Jr., submitted to you on May 5, 2005. As citizens and taxpayers, we believe it is imperative that our people be able to trust our government and our commander in chief when you make representations and statements regarding our nation engaging in war. As a result, we would ask that you publicly respond to these questions as promptly as possible.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

Sincerely,

Please sign the letter HERE.

If you're still unfamiliar with the "Downing Street Memo" which is actually MINUTES transcribed during the British Prime Minister's meeting on July 23, 2002 please go to www.downingstreetmemo.com

2 comments:

Jonathan Potts said...

I was prepared to greet this post with my usual cynicism. After all, this administration has the unique ability to completely ignore its opponents' outrage, no matter how grounded in the truth. These people, as they have said, simply invent a new reality. If their state reason for going to war in Iraq has been discredited, they invent another one, and pretend that was the reason all along. The word "Orwellian" doesn't even do it justice.

Their goal, and it works well, is to tear away at the opposition's outrage, so that they slip into cynicism, and dismiss all efforts to challenge them. It's breathtaking in its sheer shamelessness, and its effectiveness.

When we lose our outrage, it's all over. So good job on keeping yours.

Ol' Froth said...

Signed and blogged. I sometimes feel my sense of outrage slipping, but even if the administration ignores this letter (and they will) at least I'm saying "not in my name"