Thursday, June 30, 2005

Rumsfeld's 'War Before The War'

The Raw Story has a new Downing Street Memo related article (whick I helped contribute to) entitled "U.S. changed Iraq policy to begin airstrikes months before war."

It's a follow-up story to what I reported here over the weekend in "'Strikes of Activity' In The DSM," but it's a mite shorter, and I think gets some of the key points across more clearly. And it's a continuation of the NEWS that Larisa Alexandrovna and John Byrne broke on Monday.

John Byrne also includes an interview with The Brookings Institute's Michael O'Hanlon who doesn't think that Rumsfeld's pre-war was illegal, but does consider it more than the same old-same old bombing that went on during the Clinton Administration. Read more at The Raw Story, the only news organization that seems to constantly give a shit about what's most important (with real live research, to boot!).

Another huge story at The Raw Story: "52 House members file FOIA request seeking documents related to Downing Street minutes."

"Representative John Conyers, Jr., (D-MI) House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member, along with 51 other Members today submitted a broad and comprehensive FOIA request to the White House, the Department of Defense, and the Department of State seeking any and all documents and materials concerning the Downing Street Minutes and the lead up to the Iraq war, RAW STORY has learned."

"In addition, the Members also formally requested that the House Committees on Judiciary, Armed Services, International Relations, and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence commence hearings on the Downing Street Minutes."


Thank you, John Conyers & company!

Let's get to the bottom of this. Bloggers can't do it alone. And the American press doesn't seem very willing to do any original research themselves, and have to be prodded just to report on the news.

Will either of these stories that The Raw Story is running make the mainstream media tonight?

Doubt it.

They probably won't be reported on the mainstream a-list blogs either. Though I'd love to be proven wrong on that, at least.


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