I was the first one online to point out the U.S. ramifications of a recently leaked British memo that indicated that the Bush administration was determined to go to war with Iraq and were manipulating the intelligence to justify an attack.
I did my best to spread the information around the web, and it took off on several weblogs... and enough people complained to their congressional representatives, and they noticed it... and now, over a week later, it's finally getting some serious attention in the U.S. press... and now 88 members of Congress are requesting information from the Bush administration on the memo, asking the Bush administration some very pointed questions.
-- Do you or anyone in your Administration dispute the accuracy of the leaked document?
-- Were arrangements being made, including the recruitment of allies, before you sought Congressional authorization go to war?
-- Did you or anyone in your Administration obtain Britain's commitment to invade prior to this time?
-- Was there an effort to create an ultimatum about weapons inspectors in order to help with the justification for the war as the minutes indicate?
-- At what point in time did you and Prime Minister Blair first agree it was necessary to invade Iraq?
-- Was there a coordinated effort with the U.S. intelligence community and/or British officials to "fix" the intelligence and facts around the policy as the leaked document states?
Finally, compelling evidence is being investigated that shows how blaintantly Bush & Blair lied to the public and manipulated the facts to drag their countries into war. Both the White House and the Blair administration are refusing to comment -- an option that they probably won't have for long. It's a house of cards, and both Blair and Bush will be legally called on it, resulting in further damning disclosures.
If the paper trail is followed up sufficiently, it will show what we already know to be true -- a conspiracy amongst senior members of both the Bush and Blair administration that goes all the way to the top, with several major acts of perjury.
I have mixed feelings about Iraq, but I have nothing but contempt for any leader who would lie to his country and conspire to drag them into a war. It's a complete betrayal of democracy, and a violation of the President's oath of office. Bush has failed to serve his country faithfully, and he has absolutely failed to "preserve, protect and defend" our Constitution and our laws. He should go.
Of course, many people will try to justify his acts, but they should consider how much more serious of an issue this is relative to either Watergate or the kind of behavior Clinton was condemned for.
To paraphrase the Republicans during Clinton:
"It's not about the