Saturday, June 04, 2005


"Facing clear evidence of peril, we cannot wait for the final proof, the smoking gun that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud." -- President Bush, Cincinnati OH, 10/7/02

The "smoking gun" actually appears not in the fevered imagination of our fearmongering president, but in the Downing Street Minutes of July 23rd, 2002, written at a time when Bush was assuring the American public and the Congress that war would be a "last resort":

"Military action was now seen as inevitable. 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." is offering a thousand dollar bounty to anyone who can get Bush to answer yes or no to the following question: "In July 2002, did you and your administration 'fix' the intelligence and facts about non-existent Iraqi WMD's and ties to terrorism - which were disputed by U.S. intelligence officials - to sell your decision to invade Iraq to Congress, the American people, and the world - as quoted in the Downing Street Minutes?".

If you can pass the Republican credentials check to sneak your way into one of Bush's bogus taxpayer funded Social Security Town Hall Meetings, you can earn a little jack by going off-script. There are even second and third prizes, so get in on the action!

By the way, any member of the White House press corps could instantly win the grand by simply doing their job - and notice that it hasn't happened. Don't hold your breath.


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