UK Inquiry: Blair Conspired With Bush As Early As
February 2002 To Plot Iraq Invasion
Most Americans are blissfully in the
dark about it, but across the Atlantic in the UK, a commission
reluctantly established by Prime Minister Gordon Brown under
pressure from anti-war activists in Britain is beginning
hearings into the actions and statements of British leaders that
led to the country’s joining the US invasion of Iraq in 2003.
Even before testimony began in hearings that started yesterday,
news began to leak out from documents obtained by the commission
that the government of former PM Tony Blair had lied to
Parliament and the public about the country’s involvement in war
Britain’s Telegraph newspaper over the weekend published
documents from British military leaders, including a memo from
British special forces head Maj. Gen. Graeme Lamb, saying that
he had been instructed to begin "working the war up since
This means that Blair, who in July 2002, had assured members of
a House of Commons committee that there were "no preparations to
invade Iraq", was lying.
Things are likely to heat up when the commission begins hearing
testimony. It has the power, and intends to compel testimony
from top government officials, including Blair himself.
While some American newspapers, including the Philadelphia
Inquirer, have run an Associated Press report on the new
disclosures and on the commission, key news organizations,
including the New York Times, have not. The Times ignored the
Telegraph report, but a day later ran an article about the
British commission that focused entirely on evidence that
British military leaders in Iraq felt "slighted" by "arrogant"
American military leaders who, the article reported, pushed for
aggressive military action against insurgent groups, while
British leaders preferred negotiating with them.
While that may be of some historical interest, it hardly
compares with the evidence that Blair and the Bush/Cheney
administration were secretly conspiring to invade Iraq as early
as February and March 2002.
Recall that back in the fall of 2002, the Bush/Cheney argument
to Congress and the American people for initiating a war against
Iraq was that Iraq was allegedly behind the 9-11 attacks and
that it posed an "imminent" danger of attack against the US and
Britain with its alleged weapons of mass destruction.
Of course, such arguments, which have subsequently been shown to
have been bogus, would have had no merit if the planning began a
year earlier, and if no such urgency was expressed by the two
leaders at that time. Imminent, after all, means imminent, and
if Blair, Bush and Cheney had genuinely thought an attack with
WMDs was imminent back in the early days of the Bush
administration, they would have been acting immediately, not
secretly conjuring up a war scheduled for a year later. (The
actual invasion began on March 19, 2003).
As I documented in my book, The Case for Impeachment (St.
Martin’s Press, 2006), there is plenty of evidence that Bush
and Cheney had a scheme to put the US at war with Iraq even
before Bush took office on Jan. 20, 2001.
Then Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill in
his own tell-all book, The Price of Loyalty, written after he
was dumped from the Bush Administration, recounts that at the
first meeting of Bush’s new National Security Council, the
question of going to war and ousting Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein
was on the agenda.
Immediately after the 9-11 attacks, NSC
anti-terrorism program czar Richard Clarke also recalled Bush
ordering him to "find a link" to Iraq.
Meanwhile, within days, Defense Secretary
Donald Rumsfeld was ordering top generals to prepare for an Iraq
invasion. Gen. Tommy Franks, who was heading up the military
effort in Afghanistan that was reportedly closing in on Osama
Bin Laden, found the rug being pulled out from under him as
Rumsfeld began shifting troops out of Afghanistan and to Kuwait
in preparation for the new war.
It is nothing less than astonishing that so little news of the
British investigation into the origins of the illegal Iraq War
is being conveyed to Americans by this country’s corporate media
- yet another example demonstrating that American journalism
is dead or dying. [WGFT ed: Alternative sources are
It is even more astonishing that neither
the Congress nor the president here in America is making any
similar effort to put America’s leaders in the dock to tell the
truth about their machinations in engineering a war that has
cost the US over $1 trillion (perhaps $3 trillion eventually
when debt payments and the cost of veterans care is added in),
and over 4000 lives, not to mention as many as one million
innocent Iraqi lives.
WGFT editor: Actually the figure of Iraqis
who have had to die because 'we' brought them 'Democracy' is
one and one third million.
Some of the information the
World-Action section of World Gathering For
Truth collected soon after the '9-11' attacks:
Bush Had Warnings of Plane Hijacks A Month
Official Story Is Impossible - By Russian
Air Force Chief
The Enemy Is Very Much Within - By USAF
U.S. State Dept Sponsors Training Of
Explosives Planted In Towers - Expert Says
The Biggest Business In The World: War
The Simple Truth About WTC/9-11
BBC TV News - 21 Sept 2001
THE 9-11 DECEPTION