Bush's British Invasion
On the heels of Prime Minister Tony Blair's visit to the U.S. and the growing furor over the Downing Street Memo, a new British document promises to further highlight the Bush administration's deception and incompetence in preparing for the Iraq war.
The Washington Post reports that just two days before the Downing Street meeting, a July 21, 2002 intelligence briefing ("Iraq: Conditions for Military Action") showed British officials incredulous with the lack of planning for post-war Iraq by the Bush administration:
"The US Government's military planning for action against Iraq is proceeding apace. But, as yet, it lacks a political framework. In particular, little thought has been given to creating the political conditions for military action, or the aftermath and how to shape it."
"A post-war occupation of Iraq could lead to a protracted and costly nation-building exercise...As already made clear, the U.S. military plans are virtually silent on this point. Washington could look to us to share a disproportionate share of the burden."
For the full text of the July 21, 2002 "Iraq: Conditions for Military Action" briefing, as well as the Downing Street Memo, the Robb-Silberman Report on WMD, and a host of other Iraq materials, visit the Perrspectives Document Library.