The Defence Secretary said that the US had already begun "spikes of activity" to put pressure on the regime. No decisions had been taken, but he thought the most likely timing in US minds for military action to begin was January, with the timeline beginning 30 days before the US Congressional elections.
"Spikes of activity", conveniently a month before congressional elections.
General admits to secret air war
THE American general who commanded allied air forces during the Iraq war appears to have admitted in a briefing to American and British officers that coalition aircraft waged a secret air war against Iraq from the middle of 2002, nine months before the invasion began.
Addressing a briefing on lessons learnt from the Iraq war Lieutenant-General Michael Moseley said that in 2002 and early 2003 allied aircraft flew 21,736 sorties, dropping more than 600 bombs on 391 “carefully selected targets” before the war officially started.
- Text of The Original 'Downing Street Memo'
- IRAQ: CONDITIONS FOR MILITARY ACTION (A Note by Officials)
- Iraq Options Paper: ods020308.pdf
- Iraq Legal Background: fcolegal020308.pdf
- David Manning to PM re Your Trip To Iraq: manning020314.pdf
- Political Director P.F. Rickets to PM re IRAQ: ADVICE FOR THE PRIME MINISTER: ricketts020322.pdf
- Jack Straw to PM re: CRAWFORD/IRAQ: straw020325.pdf
- Christopher Meyer/British Embassy to David Manning re IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN: Conversation with Wolfowitz meyer020318.pdf
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