Saturday, February 04, 2006

Gulf of Tonkin II

This puts to rest the question of whether the Bush admin was willing to lie to get us to invade Iraq. Cleary they would, they just had to find the right lie.

George Bush considered provoking a war with Saddam Hussein's regime by flying a United States spyplane over Iraq bearing UN colours, enticing the Iraqis to take a shot at it, according to a leaked memo of a meeting between the US President and Tony Blair.

The two leaders were worried by the lack of hard evidence that Saddam Hussein had broken UN resolutions, though privately they were convinced that he had. According to the memorandum, Mr Bush said: "The US was thinking of flying U2 reconnaissance aircraft with fighter cover over Iraq, painted in UN colours. If Saddam fired on them, he would be in breach."

Juan Cole has a more on this here

The Independent


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