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Bush 'Down And Out' on Downing Street Memo

Caught Between Rock And Hard Place With No Answers

A majority of Americans believe President misled country into war. Congress one step closer to formal investigation as 52 members file Freedom of Information Act request, seeking needed documents and witnesses. Further complicating a White House response, Tony Blair confirmed authenticity of minutes of Downing Street war meeting.

July 4, 2005

By Greg Szymanski

The infamous Downing Street Memo has suddenly grown wings in Washington, slowly floating through town like a feather in the wind during a two month media blackout but finally landing like a lead balloon on President Bush’s desk.

But despite a Congressional demand from 123 House members and a letter signed by over 560,000 Americans demanding answers, Bush has decided to tuck the British memo conveniently away in his bottom drawer.

Normally he moves quickly with short quirky answers to silence his critics or has Karl Rove out cutting them in half. But when it comes to the accusations leveled by the Downing Street Memo, our plain speaking President, who often times has trouble putting together a coherent sentence, has remained strangely silent.

His silence, however, is not due to grammatical shortcomings, but due to the fact he doesn’t want to put his foot in his mouth in what looks to be a fight to the finish over whether he doctored WMD intelligence reports to justify an Iraqi invasion.

For example, during Bush’s recent national speech seeking support for the growing unpopularity of the war, he was careful not to mention the WMD issue instead referencing 9/11 at least seven times, as it became obvious his political arsenal of war justifications has been reduced to a single bullet.

And while the Supreme Court nomination will likely take the heat of the WMD issue for the time being, the battle lines are already being drawn as to whether a formal Congressional hearings are merited, paving the way for future impeachment proceedings.

In the Bush camp, they’re of course hoping the issue will disappear like a bad B movie. But more than likely Rove and company are in a damage control mode, sealing internal leaks like an overworked plumber and taping shut media mouths like thugs in the old Chicago Al Capone gang.

A call to the White House this week to get an official response was like trying to ask a priest about someone else’s confession, a White House spokesman saying "no comment at this time."

In the other camp seeking an honest investigation into Bush’s war motives, the numbers of Americans in support is growing dramatically if recent polls are any indication.

A recent ABC/Washington Post poll reports 52 percent of Americans believe the President intentionally misled the country into war despite the fact a majority of people still are unaware of the serious implications of the Downing Street Memo due to a media blackout.

And a recent Zogby poll reported 42 percent of Americans favor impeachment if it can be proved Bush intentionally misled the country, again most without having any knowledge of the damaging British documents.

Although household words for Washington insiders, the beltway remains primarily unaware of the memo originally surfacing in early May after a British whistleblower leaked transcripts of a top level British meeting, including Prime Minister Tony Blair and Sir Richard Dearlove, the head of the British Intelligence Agency, M16.

Dearlove, fresh from high-level meetings in Washington several months prior to the Iraqi 2002 invasion, reported to Blair and others that despite the lack of credible evidence of Iraqi WMD capability, Bush was determined "to fix the (WMD) intelligence to fit the (war) policy."

Already Rove and company have tried to spin the meaning of the word ‘fix,’ saying it has a different connotation in the English vernacular. However, critics were quick to point out ‘fix’ has the same simple and clear meaning on both sides of the Atlantic.

Further complicating matters, Blair recently confirmed the authenticity of the meeting and the statements, leaving Bush between a rock and a hard place when it comes to an explanation of who said what during Dearlove’s Washington visit.

Speculation is that Dearlove met with Condaleeza Rice and/or CIA Director George Tenet, considering his position as head of British intelligence.

Recently, Ray McGovern, a former CIA senior analyst and one of the top people leading the Capitol Hill charge to open congressional hearings, openly called Tenet to come out of the closet and tell what he knows about Dearlove’s statements.

"Wouldn’t it be nice instead of Tenet making $30,000 speeches, to have him come before the American people and explain what he knows about Dearlove’s visit," said McGovern, adding the credibility of the documents demands a formal l investigation with subpoena power to get at needed documents and witnesses.

Along with McGovern and the 560,000 Americans who signed a letter demanding Bush respond to the WMD allegations, on May 26 a coalition of veterans' groups, peace groups and political activist groups formally started a nationwide campaign at demanding the U.S. Congress launch an official investigation into the memo’s allegations.

Since then 123 Congressmen are moving in that direction, led by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), and 52 members have filed a Freedom of Information Act request to the White House, the Department of Defense, and the Department of State, seeking all documents and materials concerning the ‘Downing Street Minutes’ and the lead up to the Iraq war.

Asked how the After Downing Street movement was progressing, one of its co-founders, David Swanson, said this week:

"It’s progressing beyond my wildest hopes, but we still haven’t gone nearly far enough. We've forced the story into the media through public pressure and use of the Internet, progressive radio, and alternative publications. But we need this story to achieve a higher level and the level of respect the media gives to a Michael Jackson trial."

Another of the movement’s founder’s, John Bonifaz a well-respected Boston constitutional attorney, said:

"The recent release of the Downing Street Memo provides new and compelling evidence that the President of the United States has been actively engaged in a conspiracy to deceive and mislead the United States Congress and the American people about the basis for going to war against Iraq. If true, such conduct constitutes a High Crime under Article II, Section 4 of the United States Constitution."

Some of the organizations forming the coalition include: Global Exchange, Gold Star Families for Peace,, Veterans for Peace, Code Pink, Progressive Democrats of America, and Democracy Rising.

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Greg Szymanski


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FINALLY! The ball just rolled off the top of the mountain on to its side and is gathering speed. FINALLY!

Now that we have the momentum we can not let the Sandra Day O'Conner replacement grab all the headlines.

We must stay active in writing to congress not only about the Downing Street Memoes but to keep the Plame/Rove story in the headlines.

All three stories are important for the future of America. So we must insist on equal time.

Don't let them file this in the bottom drawer. We all know the answer but for those Americans that still support prince stupid they must be led by the hand and shown the truth.

I am appalled by the lack of coverage in the press. We are the government, not the other way! The press should be all over these stories!!!! What has happened to the press that they are frightened to bring out information to the public. The media must be government owned or we would be seeing news on these issues!

Dear Bush and the entire "W"(ar criminal)administration:

I hope that, once you've ALL been convicted of multiple crimes of war and crimes against humanity, that your executions will be quick and painless.

A humane execution would likely satisfy those truly compassionate people of whom you've tortured and killed, via "direct effect" as well as through your sickening, illegal rendition programs.

A humane execution, come to think of it, is the only compassion you, or any war criminal, could possibly deserve.

Once We The People see the needle and the damage done, or ropes around your necks from which your bodies be hung, then and only then can we know the meaning of justice for the atrocities of which you've wrought upon the national and international population.

May your soul-less bodies rest in peace as those whose lives you've taken without mercy or justification; for this is far more than you could ever deserve.

MSM is not fulfilling its responsibilities to its readers. Too busy kissing the feet of W&Co. Too AFRAID that mein herr Karl Rove may be offended by the news, that they "report" soft news formerly found on the back pages of tabloids. What can we do?

1- Write the editors
2- If writing gets no, or unsatisfactory results, Cancel your subscriptions
3- If you advertise in the media - Cancel your advertisment. and with each cancelation make it perfectly clear WHY the cancelation.

The media needs to set some priorities that serve its readers - That Valerie Plame is more important to us than the "Runnaway Bride" and as readers and viewers we're sick to death of media fawning at the feet an administration that thinks more highly of itself than it deserves or has earned

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