6/03/2005

Daily Kos :: (Updated) Bush was invading Iraq six months before "shock and awe"

Bush was invading Iraq six months before "shock and awe"
by chinkoPelinke

Fri Jun 3rd, 2005 at 12:03:34 CDT

well it's not on network television, but the grassroots rumbling is starting to catch the attention of serveral news sources.

It was a huge air assault: Approximately 100 US and British planes flew from Kuwait into Iraqi airspace. At least seven types of aircraft were part of this massive operation, including US F-15 Strike Eagles and Royal Air Force Tornado ground-attack planes.

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But there was a catch: The war hadn't started yet, at least not officially. This was September 2002--a month before Congress had voted to give President Bush the authority he used to invade Iraq, two months before the United Nations brought the matter to a vote and more than six months before "shock and awe" officially began

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the war was already a foregone conclusion and attacks were no less than the undeclared beginning of the invasion of Iraq.

Read source and rate it: http://news.yahoo.com/s/thenation/20050601/cm_thenation/20050613scahill

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Well it goes without saying that this news is a problem for Bush, the question is whether any news networks are going to grow the balls needed to begin reporting the truth about the invasion of Iraq.

These are the facts:

1. Bush lied to Congress.
2. Bush lied to the American people.
3. Bush conspired with Blair to falsely lead America into war.
4. Bush knowingly overstepped his constitutional powers.
5. Bush broke his oath to uphold the US Constitution.

We have the facts, and the proof, now it's time to make this happen.

Update: The above piece, syndicated from The Nation, references information reported by the Sunday Times who has the following sitting on their front page:
THE 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.

The details follow the leak to The Sunday Times of minutes of a key meeting in July 2002 at which Blair and his war cabinet discussed how to make “regime change” in Iraq legal.

Geoff Hoon, then defence secretary, told the meeting that “the US had already begun ‘spikes of activity’ to put pressure on the regime”.

Source: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-1632566,00.html

The article goes on to discuss the specific amount of explosives used, and though it might be old news to the blogsphere, when this information is combined with the details uncovered by the Downing Street Minutes, it paints a very disturbing picture.

Bush not only met with Blair to discuss how to legitimize the invasion of Iraq, but he was already in the process of invading it while congress was discussing its approval. Per the US Constitution, this is a power that the president simply does not have; and by escalating attacks without the approval of congress, Bush knowingly initiated the invasion of Iraq, overstepping his constitutional boundaries.

Not to forget the fact that he told the American people that war would be a last resort.

Daily Kos :: (Updated) Bush was invading Iraq six months before "shock and awe"

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