A View From The Handbasket

Monday, October 02, 2006
Iraq war: a done deal in March 2002
Posted by neros_fiddle at 4:04 PM
As part of the ongoing Jack Abramoff investigation, a whole ton of e-mails have been released. Buried deep in this pile is yet another stake through the heart of the "we gave diplomacy a chance to work in Iraq" lie.

(This particular e-mail can be found at the "Bates numbers GTG R000847 - 001829" link on the page linked above, on page 26.)

From: Jack Abramoff
To: 'octagon1'
Monday, March 18, 2002 8:31 AM
Subject: RE: Sunday

I was sitting yesterday with Karl Rove, Bush's top advisor, at the NCAA basketball game, discussing Israel when this email came in. I showed it to him. It seems that the President was very sad to have to come out negatively regarding Israel, but that they needed to mollify the Arabs for the upcoming war on Iraq. That did not seem to work anyway. Bush seems to love Sharon and Israel, and thinks Arabfat [sic], is nothing but a liar. I thought I'd pass that on.


Everything in the year leading up to the invasion was just a big show. Nothing was going to stop Bush from starting the war.

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