SFGate.Com reported today that another, even more damning DOWNING STREET MEMO has been released. The London Times broke the story of the original now-infamous Downing Street Memo on May 1, 2005. Now The London Times has leaked a secret British Cabinet Office briefing paper dated July 23, 2002. The new document, prepared for Tony Blair and his closest advisers, clearly states that "since regime change was illegal, it was 'necessary to create the conditions' which would make it legal."
The new London Times story, written by Michael Smith, noted that it had confirmed that Blair "had already agreed to back military action to get rid of Saddam Hussein at a summit at the Texas ranch of President George W. Bush three months earlier." Smith explained that fabricating conditions for going to war "was required because, even if ministers decided Britain should not take part in an invasion, the American military would be using British bases. This would automatically make Britain complicit in any illegal U.S. action."
Every Democratic member of Congress, and every Democratic leader in the U.S. should be outraged and DEMANDING an explanation. So far, American leaders have been very reluctant to pursue such an answer from the Bush Administration. Why, I do not know. Where are our Democratic leaders? Are they concerned about being called unpatriotic for continuing the debate on why our men and women are being killed in Iraq, not to mention the thousands of innocent Iraqis?