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Conyers right to ask for British memo exam


Copley News Service
June 17, 2005 Friday
SECTION: EDITS; EDITORIAL WEEKLY FEATURE
LENGTH: 206 words
HEADLINE: Daily Editorials Conyers right to ask for British memo exam
BYLINE: The Detroit News Copley News Service
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Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., should be credited for his efforts to get to the bottom of the so-called Downing Street memo. The country deserves an honest assessment of the July 2002 British memo, which recounts a meeting between Prime Minister Tony Blair and his top aides.

Critics of the administration have been pounding the media for weeks to investigate the memo, which they claim constitutes the "smoking gun" that proves the Bush administration "fixed" intelligence to build a case for invading Iraq. Others who have examined the memo say it offers no specific information on how intelligence was manipulated and could have been prepared from ongoing news accounts of the build-up for the invasion.

Wherever the truth lies, it should be sought in an open and honest examination.

Conyers held a forum on the memo in Washington Thursday that called for a thorough examination of whether the Downing Street memo is evidence of White House deceit in preparation for war.

That assessment should happen. It is not unreasonable to ask for an objective examination apart from partisan political motives to answer the still lingering questions about the justification for the Iraq war.

Reprinted from The Detroit News.

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