THE BIG BRASS ALLIANCE: My blog is officially joining The Big Brass Alliance, which was formed in May 2005 as a collective of progressive bloggers who support After Downing Street, a coalition of veterans' groups, peace groups, and political activist groups formed to urge the U.S. Congress to launch a formal investigation into whether President Bush has committed impeachable offenses in connection with the Iraq war. The campaign focuses on evidence that recently emerged in a British memo containing minutes of a secret July 2002 meeting with British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his top national security officials.

On 1 May, The Times of London printed the minutes written by former Downing Street foreign policy aide Matthew Rycroft. This internal memo was never meant to be seen by the public. One of the highlights of the memo:

Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy. The NSC had no patience with the UN route, and no enthusiasm for publishing material on the Iraqi regime's record. There was little discussion in Washington of the aftermath after military action.

The full text of the Downing Street memo can be read at this link. Obviously, Bush has lied from the very beginning. I've talked about this before on the blog, but the leak of this memo is now starting to gather international media coverage. Not to mention, more than 300 bloggers have joined the Big Brass Alliance to spread the message of the Downing Street memo. It will be hard for Dubya to duck and cover from this damning evidence of our rush to an unnecessary war. There is movement in Congress to begin a Resolution of Inquiry to identify a possible "High Crime" and ask the House Judiciary Committee to investigate to determine whether impeachment is justified by the facts.


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