Friday, May 30, 2003

Worse and Worse
In one of the more astonishing relevations about this whole Iraq invasion Counterspin Central quotes a Guardian piece that reveals a information from a transcript of a conversation between Colin Powell and Jack Straw on February 5 before Powell's U.N. appearance. We have another piece to add to the mounting pile of evidence that they all knew damn well that the WMD argument was at best a ruse and more likely a huge smelly pile of crap. Get this:

"Mr Powell shared the concern about intelligence assessments, especially those being presented by the Pentagon's office of special plans set up by the US deputy defence secretary, Paul Wolfowitz.

Mr Powell said he had all but "moved in" with US intelligence to prepare his briefings for the UN security council, according to the transcripts.

But he told Mr Straw he had come away from the meetings "apprehensive" about what he called, at best, circumstantial evidence highly tilted in favour of assessments drawn from them, rather than any actual raw intelligence.

Mr Powell told the foreign secretary he hoped the facts, when they came out, would not "explode in their faces".

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