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  • Thursday, June 23, 2005

    Wolfowitz claims he hasn't read any of the British memos

    According to this article, from the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Wolfowitz has claimed that he hasn't read any of the leaked memos, which show that the Bush regime were plotting regime change in Iraq, at a time when they were claiming in public that an invasion was not inevitable:

    Wolfowitz is the focus of one of the newly disclosed memos, a report by then British Ambassador Christopher Meyer on a March 2002 lunch with Wolfowitz quotes Wolfowitz as questioning the administration's focus on Saddam's alleged possession of WMD - later shown to be untrue - as the principal justification for war. "He took a slightly different position from others in the administration," Meyer reported of Wolfowitz. "The WMD danger was of course crucial to the public case against Saddam, particularly the potential link to terrorism. But Wolfowitz thought it indispensable to spell out in detail Saddam's barbarism." The minutes of the July 2002 meeting of the British war cabinet report Foreign Secretary Jack Straw saying that a U.N. ultimatum demanding that Saddam permit the return of U.N. inspectors could be useful because Saddam's refusal would "help with the legal justification for the use of force."
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