Saturday, November 26, 2005

Poodle & Chimp Take Turns Holding the Leash 

Tonight's Item That Damned Near Everyone Else Has Linked To Already: Despite Tony Blair's unprecedented invocation of the Official Secrets Act to quash a story in the Daily Mirror, Conservative MP Boris Johnson says "I'll go to jail to print the truth about Bush and al-Jazeera."

The White House continues to characterize reports that Mr. Bush desired to bomb the headquarters of al-Jazeera, located in Qatar, as "outlandish." Meanwhile, our illustrious colleague Jane Hamsher at Firedoglake recommends a detailed analysis by Booman of the Booman Tribune, who explains the centrality of Qatar to our military operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan:
If we had used the airbase in Qatar to bomb the capital of Qatar, where al-Jazeera's headquarters are located, it stands to reason that we would no longer be welcome to use that airbase for other purposes. And since we could not simply move our airbase back to Prince Sultan or negotiate a new location and build a new airbase overnight, it would have necessitated a complete takeover of the country to keep our air force operating over Iraq . . . .

The idea that Tony Blair had to argue against this mission is truly frightening. It should have been dismissed by any number of Americans before it could be discussed with Blair. Andy Card, Condi Rice, Don Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Colin Powell, and several others should have pointed out the lunacy of such a plan as soon as they heard of it.
Our equally illustrious colleague Brad Friedman of BradBlog reports that, according to London's Channel 4 News, "White House pressure led to [Downing Street's] threat of legal action against The Daily Mirror."

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