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Documents show the fix was in

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Published: Tuesday, June 21, 2005 -- The Truth, A4
Last updated: 6/20/2005 5:24:09 PM

Speaking on May 15 in Baghdad, Condoleezza Rice made an outrageous statement: "You see, this war came to us, not the other way around." Could there be anyone left in the U.S., let alone the Middle East, who believes this bald-faced lie?

The truth has trickled out slowly -- the truth so sickening that none of us want to believe it. But it's finally out: The Bush administration, from its very first weeks in office, planned a military operation to overthrow Saddam Hussein. The "Downing Street memo" and other documents released in Britain recently prove beyond any doubt that Bush, at the ranch in Texas in April 2002, lassoed Blair into going along with a war against Iraq.

The Brits fussed about the legality of it, since they knew Saddam posed no imminent threat. They insisted on creating some "cover." The two governments would demand U.N. inspections, they would use stepped-up bombing runs, whatever it took -- to create a provocation, an "incident" to justify war. These revelations corroborate what Richard Clarke and Paul O'Neill told us long months ago: that Bush was fixated on Saddam, even to the point of ignoring the warnings about planned al-Qaida attacks on the U.S.

If these actions do not constitute "high crimes and misdemeanors," I wonder what does? Bush, Cheney and the neo-cons -- most of them deep into the oil and defense industries -- ran roughshod over the Constitution and the American people. They have sacrificed 1,700 young American lives and tens of thousands of Iraqi lives in their misbegotten "crusade."

At last, Congress is beginning to wake up. Let's write our senators and representatives and tell them we demand to know the truth about this disastrous war and set a timetable to bring the troops home.



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