Downing Street Memo – A Call to Action, Part 1

No, we’™re not opening a pawnshop at All Spin Zone – at least yet. The brass balls to the left signify that ASZ is a participating blog in the Big Brass Alliance. Over the past few days, a group of progressive blogs, spearheaded by Melissa McEwan at Shakespeare’™s Sister, has banded together to [...]

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No, we’™re not opening a pawnshop at All Spin Zone – at least yet. The brass balls to the left signify that ASZ is a participating blog in the Big Brass Alliance. Over the past few days, a group of progressive blogs, spearheaded by Melissa McEwan at Shakespeare’™s Sister, has banded together to force the Downing Street Memo into the light of day.

The Watergate scandal started life as a third rate burglary, worthy of no more than a couple of sentences in the Washington Post. More than 30 years later, the Downing Street Memo is a stinging indictment (or CYA memo, if you’™d rather) in the form of meeting minutes transcribed by Matthew Rycroft, an aid to UK Foreign Policy Minister David Manning.

These meeting minutes from July 23, 2002 describe a U.S. government that publicly professed a desire for peace up until the day Iraq was pre-emptively invaded in March, 2003, but was privately predisposed to taking the world to war in the early days of the Bush administration. The Downing Street Memo brings into question the possibility of Congressional perjury and intentional international deceit by an administration hell-bent on a confrontation with a sovereign nation that posed no imminent or long term threat to the West.

As ASZ’™s somegirl noted in a posting the other day, Congressman John Conyers is seeking 100,000 virtual signatures on a letter he is forwarding to President Bush, which respectfully requests answers to five questions:

1) Do you or anyone in your administration dispute the accuracy of the leaked document?

2) Were arrangements being made, including the recruitment of allies, before you sought Congressional authorization to go to war? Did you or anyone in your Administration obtain Britain’™s commitment to invade prior to this time?

3) Was there an effort to create an ultimatum about weapons inspectors in order to help with the justification for the war as the minutes indicate?

4) At what point in time did you and Prime Minister Blair first agree it was necessary to invade Iraq?

5) Was there a coordinated effort with the U.S. intelligence community and/or British officials to ‘œfix’ the intelligence and facts around the policy as the leaked document states?

The Big Brass Alliance is a concentrated ‘œblogswarm’ by progressive blogs to move the Conyers letter forward. In addition, the Alliance is supporting the efforts of afterdowningstreet.com, which is leading an effort to kick start a congressional inquiry into the assertations of the Downing Street Memo.

Today, all blogs in the Alliance are asking their readers to not only sign the Conyers letter, but to work their own personal and email networks in gathering signatures for the letter. Congressman Conyers set a goal of 100,000 signatures. With your help, it should be easy enough to gather a million or more with a concentrated effort by everyone in the Left Blogzome. If nothing else, such an effort gains tremendous corporate media exposure for a story that the media has largely ignored.

Take a few minutes today and make your voice heard. Every signature matters.

Part 2 later’¦

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: Iraq

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