Traditional media have all but forgotten about the Downing Street Memo
, but the thing still is important and it has not been forgotten by antiwar activists and proponents of impeachment. However, some people have been reluctant to accept the implications of the document, that the US administration lied in the run up to the war. The reason for doubt is that it has not been possible to know the source of the information behind the statement, that:
Military action was now seen as inevitable. Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and the facts were being fixed around the policy.
The statement itself is attributed to the chief of British intelligence, Richard Dearlove. Now, Ray McGovern, writing on the Tom Paine website
claims to know who informed Mr. Dearlove that the intelligence was being "fixed" (broken, actually). This claim is based upon the content of James Risen's book, State of War: the Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration.
Mr. McGovern states that the original source was George Tenet.
I notice, though, that Mr. McGovern does not provide a direct quote to validate this, so I don't want to portay it as an established fact. Even so, I would say that it adds to the list of reasons to call for an investigation, with the likely outcome being the impeachment of the President of the United States of America.
posted by : Joseph j7uy5