Monday, May 16, 2005

The Smoking Gun of the Smoking Gun

Below, Mark Danner provides one of the best examinations of the "Downing Street Memo" -- the "smoking gun" which proves (or rather confirms a mountain of other, long-known evidence) that Bush's war crime in Iraq was based on deliberate, carefully-calibrated deception. It is of course being buried or ignored by the mainstream American press; the Bushists have not deigned to comment on it; and Tony Blair airily dismissed it as "old news" even as it peeled away even more voters from his crumbling plurality. But for anyone who wants the truth, it is now out there -- again -- as plain as day, so stark and simple that even the thickest dullard (e.g., Tom "Noble Cause" Friedman) can understand it.

Danner's piece comes via the estimable Tom Engelhardt at

Secret Way to War, by Mark Danner