Bush and Blair had a private two-hour meeting in the Oval Office on Jan. 31, 2003. The New York Times has seen the full memo of the meeting, written by David Manning, Blair's chief foreign policy adviser at the time.
Our diplomatic strategy had to be arranged around the military planning...Like Georgia10 says, this new memo is not so new. It's been around a few months and only corroborates what previous memos have said. So why are we still waiting for accountability?
The start date for the military campaign was now penciled in for 10 March. This was when the bombing would begin...
... unlikely there would be internecine warfare between the different religious and ethnic groups.
Bush and Blair were hellbent on launching a war which they knew was in violation of international law... They conspired to manipulate evidence, to lie in their public statements to their people, to commit a war of aggression in violation of the public trust and the laws of the war.G10 calls on Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid to shut down the Senate in protest. Sounds good to me.
This document confirms what a hundreds of previous pieces of evidence confirm: the President is a liar. When he told us on March 6, 2003 that "I've not made up our mind about military action," he lied. When he told us two days before Shock & Awe "no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised," he lied. When he told us that Saddam "abosolutely" had a banned weapons program, he lied. Whenever George W. Bush opened his mouth to talk about Iraq from Sept. 11, 2001 on, he lied. He lied and he lies to this very day.
UPDATE: E&P reminds us of the bald-faced lies that Bush and Blair told the press after their meeting. For example:
THE PRESIDENT: Saddam Hussein is not disarming. He is a danger to the world. He must disarm. And that's why I have constantly said and the Prime Minister has constantly said this issue will come to a head in a matter of weeks, not months….
Q Thank you, sir. Mr. President, is Secretary Powell going to provide the undeniable proof of Iraq's guilt that so many critics are calling for?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, all due in modesty, I thought I did a pretty good job myself of making it clear that he's not disarming and why he should disarm. Secretary Powell will make a strong case about the danger of an armed Saddam Hussein. He will make it clear that Saddam Hussein is fooling the world, or trying to fool the world. He will make it clear that Saddam is a menace to peace in his own neighborhood. He will also talk about al Qaeda links, links that really do portend a danger for America and for Great Britain, anybody else who loves freedom...