Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Bang! Bang! Bang!

Updated The sound of hammering of the nails into the coffin of whatever was left of the US's image in the world is loud enough to give a throbbing headache to all except those wingnuts and their deluded victims among our fellow citizens, those with their fingers in their ears, shouting "LALALALALALALA!"

Following up on its revelation of the July 2002 minutes showing that the US and the UK were already set on a course to attack Iraq, The Times (UK) reported on Sunday that
[t]he RAF and US aircraft doubled the rate at which they were dropping bombs on Iraq in 2002 in an attempt to provoke Saddam Hussein into giving the allies an excuse for war, new evidence has shown.

The attacks were intensified from May, six months before the United Nations resolution that Tony Blair and Lord Goldsmith, the attorney-general, argued gave the coalition the legal basis for war. By the end of August the raids had become a full air offensive.
This dovetails nicely with the memo's reference to Donald Rumplestiltskin saying "the US had already begun 'spikes of activity' to put pressure on the regime."

It was quite a spike:
The new information, obtained by the Liberal Democrats, shows that the allies dropped twice as many bombs on Iraq in the second half of 2002 as they did during the whole of 2001, and that the RAF increased their attacks even more quickly than the Americans did. ...

The Ministry of Defence figures, provided in response to a question from Sir Menzies Campbell, the Liberal Democrat foreign affairs spokesman, show that despite the lack of an Iraqi reaction, the air war began anyway in September with a 100-plane raid.
UN Security Council resolution 1441, the one that Shrub claims as justification for invading Iraq, was not passed until November 8.

A few relevant links:
Impeach Bush
Vote to Impeach
Impeach Bush Now
Impeach Bush
Impeach Bush: The Four Reasons for Responsible Citizenship
Find Impeach Bush Groups in Your Area (Meetup.com)
Impeach Bush Now!
Impeach Bush! (graphics and banner ads)

Updated with two more links:
Impeach Central

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