(9 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)
Drip, drip, drip, “”He recalled noting that: “the dog didn’t bark – it grizzled.” Don’t forget – this ‘grizzling’ for regime change was 6 months BEFORE 9/11.””. drip, drip, drip, “”But there was a ‘sea change’ in attitude after the atrocities, with former national security adviser Condoleezza Rice targeting Iraq on the very day of the outrage.””, drip, drip, drip, “”George Bush tried to make a connection between Iraq and al-Qaida in a conversation with Tony Blair three days after the 9/11 attacks, according to Blair’s foreign policy adviser of the time.””, drip, drip, drip, “”There was “a touching belief [in Washington] that we shouldn’t worry so much about the aftermath because it was all going to be sweetness and light”.””, drip, drip, drip, “”Boyce mentions the “dysfunctionalism” of Washington. He says that he would find himself briefing his American counterparts on what was happening in different parts of the US adminstration. Rumsfeld was not sharing information””, drip, drip, drip………..!
Trickle down information, while slow and coming in bits and pieces, does come quicker then economic trickle down capitalism.
Keep in mind as you come across the time lines in this Inquiry who was responsible for the 9/11 criminal terrorist attacks on this country,
Less than a month after the 9/11 attacks, the military began bombing al Qaeda targets in Afghanistan. It was the start of a campaign orchestrated by the CIA and Special Forces troops that quickly ousted the ruling Taliban from power but led to an insurgency that continues today…>>>>>
and what the then president bush stated a few years into both and close to leaving office, about “not thinking about bin Laden much anymore!”, which they really had already started to do on 9/11 and after! That should give to one the simple reason why we’re still sending Ours and NATO troops into Afghanistan and still fighting a growing Insurgency and the Afghans have seen little in Actually helping them rebuild their country after decades of destructive war by Foreign Occupiers!
And we “Drip” into day nine with other information from the weekend:
As the British Iraq war Inquiry moves ahead, day eight was friday, new calls for investigations of issues related to the Iraq buildup and questions of the reasons given for invading are heating up!
Six British doctors have begun legal action for a new coroner’s inquest into the controversial death of U.N. weapons inspector David Kelly, authorities say.
Kelly’s former colleagues suspect the original verdict of suicide is incorrect and should be overturned.
Kelly, a 59-year-old microbiologist died days after being revealed as the source of confidential information in a 2003 BBC story about the Iraq war, The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday. In it, Kelly alleged the British government “sexed up” evidence against Iraq to justify the invasion….>>>>>
An Op-Ed I caught, at least some are paying attention, across the pond, here in the states:
The call for peace has nothing to do with the Democratic Party or the Republican party; this is about the American people and about people of other lands who struggle to defend their homes. It makes little difference which political party is in power; both are heavily influenced by corporate elite who profit directly or indirectly from wars.
The Iraq Inquiry, currently being held in Britain and chaired by Sir John Chilcot, reveals that the American and British governments knew very well that there was no connection between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaida, and no weapons of mass destruction. They were told that the invasion was illegal and unwarranted, but that made no difference.
But overall American poverty cannot compare with the poverty, destitution and pain suffered by the hundreds of thousands of people who are victims of military invasions.
The death, disease, maiming and displacement of whole populations subject to the violence of wars is unimaginable. The use of hideous weaponry that leads to hideous suffering that goes on long after an attack, destroying young and old alike, is morally indefensible and unforgivable….>>>>>
Edward Chaplin tells inquiry that despite billions of dollars being poured into Iraq by the US, little went to the main UK area of operations around Basra
Edward Chaplin, who in 2004 became the first British ambassador to Baghdad for 13 years, said that despite the billions of dollars being poured into Iraq by the US, little went to the south, which was the main UK area of operations.
He said that the lack of assistance was “damaging”, breeding resentment in an area which had been historically neglected under the rule of Saddam Hussein…>>>>>
Major General Tim Cross tells Chilcot panel that preparations were ‘woefully thin’
“We talked for about 30 minutes or so. I was as honest about the positions as I could be, essentially briefing that I did not believe post-war planning was anywhere near ready,” he said.
“I told him that there was no clarity on what was going to be needed after the military phase of the operation, nor who would provide it.
“Although I was confident that we would secure a military victory, I offered my view that we should not begin that campaign until we had a much more coherent post-war plan.”
He also criticised the then-international development secretary, Clare Short – who subsequently resigned over the war – saying she would not allow one of her officials to work with him on a full-time basis because of her “well known concerns”.
“This was, I am bound to say, unhelpful for me, and it was an early indicator that Whitehall was not much more joined up than Washington,” he said….>>>>>
The cosy Iraq inquiry has an infuriating habit of referring to key evidence but not indicating when, if ever, it will be published
Observers have commented already on the cosy nature of the proceedings, the formally polite, almost oleaginous, interventions of the chairman. As important is the deeply frustrating manner in which the inquiry panel members refer to documents but do not quote from them. They do not quote even from the Downing Street documents (which appear on more than one dedicated website) leaked more than four years ago.
These make clear that senior officials and ministers were warning Tony Blair even before his private head-to-head meeting with George Bush at the president’s ranch in Crawford, Texas, in April 2002, 11 months before the invasion, that military action to topple Saddam would be unlawful, that the government should first have to spend a lot of effort massaging British public opinion, and that in the notorious phrase attributed to Sir Richard Dearlove, then head of MI6, “the facts and intelligence” were being “fixed round the policy” in Washington. These documents were given to the Butler review into the way intelligence was used and abused in the runup to the invasion but not published on the grounds that that inquiry had limited terms of reference…>>>>>
Major General Tim Cross
A senior Army officer described how he warned Tony Blair two days before the invasion of Iraq that there were insufficient preparations for dealing with the aftermath of the conflict.
Giving evidence to the official inquiry into the war, Major General Tim Cross said he told Mr Blair that he did not believe the post-war planning was “anywhere near ready” and that the situation in the country could be “chaotic”.
Gen Cross said that in the weeks leading up to the invasion he had tried to raise his concerns in both London and Washington, but that his views were “not particularly warmly received” by US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
Gen Cross – who was attached to the US Office for Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance (Orha) which was supposed to manage the aftermath – said that he set out his concerns in a 30 minute meeting with Mr Blair in No 10 on March 18…>>>>>
U.S. Marine Corps / Lance Cpl. Matthew R. Jones
Add Maj. Gen. Tim Cross to that growing list of people who foresaw disaster in Iraq but were ignored. The senior British liaison to the U.S. reconstruction effort warned his prime minister before the invasion that insufficient postwar planning would lead to chaos. The rest is history…>>>>>
The current Chilcot Enquiry in the UK is at last bringing out the truth about the illegal Iraq War. The fact long known by many that there was no justification for this war and that the agenda was completely different to that purported is confirmed by Christopher Story of World Reports in his Global Analysis of 3 December 2009. ..>>>>>
Todays Inquiry is still going on as I post this, around four pm U.S. est., as they are talking to Government official of that time, didn’t catch name but reports will be coming on his testimony shortly I’m sure.
Children in military families may suffer from more emotional and behavioral difficulties when compared to other American youths, with older children and girls struggling the most when a parent is deployed overseas, according to a new RAND Corporation study…>>>>>