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Implausible denial

By Evan Derkacz
Posted on June 30, 2005, Printed on July 1, 2005

Conservatives are loathe to accept the information contained within the Downing Street Memo's brief contents and I don't blame them. It would change things and they would no longer be good conservatives. It's right there in the word, see.

But I am entertained.

Cries of a hoax didn't take and the ho-hum response -- standard in more sophisticated circles -- that "everybody already knew this stuff," was quickly abandoned by all but the frontal lobe challenged.

Two things happened Wednesday, both concerning Tony Blair.

After weeks of question-dodging worthy of The Matrix or a McClellan press conference, Blair finally confirmed the authenticity of the Memo.

In an interview with the Associated Press, also yesterday, Blair whipped out his most indignant tone to tell Americans that we are silly for seeing what we saw and drawing the conclusions that we have. In fact, he's "a bit astonished" that it's received as much attention as it has. (Well there's his first mistake. Go and use a fancy word like "astonished" in public discourse and see where it gets you.)

Blair went on to claim that these infamous words...

"Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD... But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy,"
...were the victims of context:
"The trouble with having a political discussion on the basis of things that are leaked is that they are always taken right out of context. Everything else is omitted from the discussion and you end up focusing on a specific document."

Fair enough. I mean, it's easy to see how a little context could change those words. Sure.

Of course, some other context might be that another leaked memo dated March 14, 2002 (a full year before the war began), this time from Blair's Foreign Affairs Adviser noted that: "It is clear that Bush is grateful for your support... I said that you would not budge in your support for Regime Change."

More context? How about Bush's little yippy-ki-yay a little over a week later (still a year before the war started) reported by Time magazine. While meeting with three senators and Condi, Bush offered this restrained policy analysis: "Fuck Saddam...We’re taking him out."

Regardless, many will seek comfort in their shrink-wrapped ideology. I intend to help. Below, I've provided a couple of context suggestions for those interested in not believing their eyes (by all means please leave your own):

Blair: "I'm bloody hungry. Be a lamb and grab me a Powerbar before I'm totally knackered. Hey, wouldn't it be funny if Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD... But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy? WHOA! Who's silly without their afternoon snack? Not me, that's for sure."
Blair: "Last night I had a crazy dream -- hey, I loved that song! [turns to minute-taker, Matthew Rycroft] Be a mensch and put that onto my iPod old boy. Anyway, in my dream Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD... But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy. A bit looper, eh? I mean, considering the fact that Bush is approaching this grave decision with complete openness and all. Now let's get on with this completely hypothetical meeting, yeah?"

Evan Derkacz is a New York-based writer and contributor to AlterNet.

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I find it astonishing that given the complete LACK of coverage of the memos in America that Blair would say he is astonished at the amount of coverage it's given here.

Hola fellow citizens. 7/1/05
does anyone have good websites to offer support and to track the concurrent investigation of Dowing Street Memos DSM as it affects
PM Tony Blair in the UK

Mr Blair has never seen the need for an inquiry into how the politicians used the intelligence. He has watched very decent people resign from their posts, who apparently must have got it wrong like the rest of us.

He should be asked how he feels 'glad' about his venture in Iraq. The US and UK accepted responsibility for the civilian population under the rules of occupation. How have we done ?

The toll on children has been horrific, increased exposure to disease, malnutrition rates up, birth mortality rates up. We are to understand that the battle with the terrorists is being conducted far from our shores, so we can remain safe, Iraq is where we must make our stand. I find that argument obscene, what right had we to export chaos and bloodshed to a people already weakened by years of santions - knowing as we all did that a significant part of the population of Iraq was under the age of 16.

The gladness Mr Blair feels shows us all what a morally bankrupt individual he is. Mr Bush meanwhile is looking to an expert on how to manage public opinion during war. None of us must look back, we must all concentrate on winning in Iraq. The Iraqi people have memories, they have a long history with the United Kingdom. They have heard the talk of democracy before. They see that Mr Bush authorised the largest US embassy in the world to be situated in their country. They see the politics behind the 'humanitarian war' and they know that they as a people are dying in ever larger numbers. We will fail in Iraq because we cannot see how fundamental the truth is to liberty. I think God left his own smoking gun on that wall at CIA headquarters to remind us - 'You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free'. That is one biblical quotation Mr Bush and Mr Blair seem to have great difficulty with. I hope the ordinary decent people of our two countries will work together to get the lies out in the open and allow the Iraqi people to have their story told and their suffering recognised - that is surely how will begin to address the real problems this war has brought and give all our troops and their families hope.

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