Sunday, March 20, 2005
Courtesy of Zemblan patriot J.D., another story you might have had the chance to read if you lived in a country other than the U.S.:
The head of Britain's foreign intelligence agency told the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, that the case for war in Iraq was being "fixed" by Washington to suit United States policy, according to a new BBC documentary.
Nine months before hostilities began in March 2003, Richard Dearlove, head of MI6, briefed Mr Blair and a group of ministers on the US's determination to begin the invasion, says the program, which was due to be aired last night.
After attending a briefing in Washington, Mr Dearlove told the meeting that "the facts and intelligence" were being "fixed round the policy" by the Bush Administration . . . .
Robin Cook, the former foreign secretary who resigned as leader of the House of Commons over the war in Iraq, said that the threat of weapons of mass destruction was not Mr Blair's true reason for going to war.
"What was propelling the Prime Minister was a determination that he would be the closest ally to George Bush and they would prove to the United States Administration that Britain was their closest ally," Mr Cook tells the program.
"His problem is that George Bush's motivation was regime change. It was not disarmament. Tony Blair knew perfectly well what he was doing.
"His problem was that he could not be honest about that with either the British people or Labour MPs, hence the stress on disarmament."