Monday, June 20, 2005

Postwar Iraq -- Hey, Someone Did Think About It!

They just went to war anyway.

Memos: Postwar Iraq a Concern in Britain It referenced the Manning and Straw memos, noting my country's odd lack of attention to what happens after you invade.

LONDON - Long before the Iraq war began, Prime Minister Tony Blair and his top advisers concluded that the Bush administration and the U.S. military weren't adequately prepared for rebuilding Iraq once Saddam Hussein was driven from power.

The clue phone is ringing, people. Better answer it.

Postwar Iraq has been on my mind for a while. Like, if this is a "war on terror", that could last for years, generations, even, and you invade another country under that rubric, when do you leave? When "terror" is gone? Terror's a tactic, people.

Justifying the Silence on Downing Street Memos The media hems and haws over why they didn't pay any attention to the "Downing Street Memos" in the first place.

But the most familiar line--the memo wasn't news because it contained no "new" information--only raises troubling questions about what journalists were doing when they should have been reporting on the gulf between official White House pronouncements and actual White House intentions.

Hey, if you all knew about the lying, wouldn't that have been, you know, news? Don't newspapers and the like report, um, news?

If Bush said we're only using force as a last resort, and that's not true, maybe that's news? Ya think?

Now, some are trying to debunk the memos (after MSNBC has verified them, after no one, and I mean no one, as ever tried to say, Manning didn't have lunch when he did, or there wasn't a Prime Minister's meeting after all, AND saying these memos contain "nothing new".

This is just stupid. Kevin Drum debunks, so you don't have to!

 | After Downing Street

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