The Foreign Office was planning for the possibility that Britain might attack Iraq without UN approval more than six months before the invasion, according to a hitherto classified document written shortly before a meeting between Tony Blair and George Bush at Camp David.
The document, drawn up by John Williams, press adviser to the then foreign secretary, Jack Straw, spells out ways to soften up the media, including "critics like the Guardian". Under the heading Not taking the UN route, Williams wrote: "Our argument should be narrow, and put with vigour – Iraq is uniquely dangerous."
His memo, titled Iraq Media Strategy, is dated 4 September 2002, when the government was still trying to get UN support for military action and when Lord Goldsmith, the attorney general, was advising that clear UN authority was needed. The document was also written as Whitehall and MI6 were being wound up by No 10 to provide much-needed ammunition for the government's Iraq weapons dossier.
that's from chris ames and richard norton-taylor's 'foreign office memo shows 2002 plan to sell iraq invasion to uk media' (guardian). and that comes out before tony blair steps back before the iraq inquiry. not that john chilcot & company will do anything but this way he'll have a harder time before the british people - and they didn't throw roses at him last time.
tony blair's such a damn liar.
and what 2008 did was make it that much easier to say 'they all are.'
barack obama is nothing but a liar. my goodness, every day it gets worse. he doesn't know what he's doing. he verbally attacks his supporters constantly. his ego is out of control - his little press conference was nothing but his bleeding ego demanding that the new york times give him credit that he felt he was due.
what a pompous little jerk.
and that's who we're stuck with for 2 more years.
matthew rothschild idiotically suggests that no 1 primary barack. great, so matthew wants republicans to win control of the white house in 2012?
let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'