Paul Krugman 05/17/2005

Staying What Course?

Published: May 16, 2005

Is there any point, now that November's election is behind us, in revisiting the history of the Iraq war? Yes: any path out of the quagmire will be blocked by people who call their opponents weak on national security, and portray themselves as tough guys who will keep America safe. So it's important to understand how the tough guys made America weak.

There has been notably little U.S. coverage of the "Downing Street memo" - actually the minutes of a British prime minister's meeting on July 23, 2002, during which officials reported on talks with the Bush administration about Iraq. But the memo, which was leaked to The Times of London during the British election campaign, confirms what apologists for the war have always denied: the Bush administration cooked up a case for a war it wanted.

Here's a sample: "Military action was now seen as inevitable. Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and W.M.D. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy."

(You can read the whole thing at www.downingstreetmemo.com.)

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Tom said...

The times is going to start charging a fee for a substantial amount of content, including op/ed's, starting next fall.

They want us to pay for Krugman.. and that sucks. I won't do it.

John in Atlanta said...

Yeah that will suck when they start charging for it. But if that's the only way to get Maureen I'm stuck because everybody knows I heart Maureen :-)