Wednesday, October 27, 2004
Independent: US gave date of war to Britain 5 months in advance
From the Independent:
Secret plans for the war in Iraq were passed to British Army chiefs by US defence planners five months before the invasion was launched, a court martial heard yesterday.Five months before the invasion would have been sometime in mid-late October 2002. Hmmm... let's think about what happened in October 2002. Oh, wait, that's right: The Senate passed the Iraq war resolution, authorizing the President to attack Iraq if Iraq did not comply with the UN. Looks like the President thought he had himself a blank check and wasn't wasting any time in taking it right to the bank.
The revelation strengthened suspicions that Tony Blair gave his agreement to President George Bush to go to war while the diplomatic efforts to force Saddam Hussein to comply with UN resolutions were continuing.