WHEN NOT FERRYING IN DRUGS FROM MENA, ARK. OR EATING THE HEADS OF SMALL CHILDREN, CRANKY CLINTON CAN BE FOUND IN BROOKLYN AT A COMPUTER HUB WHERE SHE -- THE ULTIMATE SOCK PUPPET -- LEAVES HUNDREDS OF NEGATIVE REVIEWS ON ANY BOOK THAT DARES TO SUGGEST CANKLES ARE NOT THE NEW BOOTY.
REACHED FOR COMMENT, CRANKY USED A STEAK KNIFE TO REMOVE SCRAPS STUCK IN HER TEETH AND SNARLED, "I AM LEGEND!"
NO, WE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT SHE MEANT EITHER.
BUT WHEN SHE BARES HER FANGS, YOU JUST NOD QUICKLY AS YOU BACK SLOWLY AWAY.
Jon Stone (Independent) reports that Andrew MacKinlay, Labour MP during the lead up to the Iraq War, has declared himself "ashamed" for having faith in Tony Blair:
Andrew MacKinlay, who sat on the foreign affairs select committee in the run-up to the war, told LBC Radio that a new memo shows Tony Blair “duped” him along with the rest of the country.
“Looking at this these documents this morning and everything else that has gone before we know that this was a complete and utter deceit to me and to others,” he said.
What's he talking about?
Telesur notes, "A 2002 memo from former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell to President George Bush suggests that then-U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair had already committed support for an invasion of Iraq – almost 1 year before the invasion took place.
News of the agreement surfaced Saturday.
Sunday saw a denial on behalf of Blair. Olivia Goldhill (Quarts) reports:
A spokeswoman from Tony Blair’s office said in an email to Quartz that the memo did not contradict what Blair has said in public. “This story is nothing new. The memo is consistent with what Mr. Blair was saying publicly at the time and with Mr. Blair’s evidence to the Chilcot Inquiry,” she said, referring to Britain’s public inquiry into the Iraq war.
But others aren't so quick to buy that spin. Rowena Mason (Guardian) reports:
Alex Salmond, the SNP’s foreign affairs spokesman and Scotland’s former first minister, said “the net was now closing” around Blair and added to concern over Chilcot’s conduct.
“The memo contradicts claims from Mr Blair that all that time he had been seeking diplomatic ways to avoid an invasion. It also adds weight to the evidence given by Sir Christopher Meyer, the former UK ambassador to the United States – to the Chilcot inquiry – that the military timetable and preparation for invasion took precedence over any diplomacy and specifically over the timetable for the weapons inspectors led by Hans Blix,” Salmond said.
And BBC News notes, "BBC political correspondent Chris Mason said the document appeared to offer a revealing insight into how Mr Blair was perceived at the very highest level in Washington, in the year before the Iraq War." Samuel Osborne (Independent) adds, "Mr Blair, who served as prime minister between 1997 and 2007, has repeatedly denied rushing to war in Iraq."
What stood out most about the story this morning is how it echoed The Downing Street Memo in that major American outlets avoided it. This morning, the only US outlet covering it seriously was the Associated Press (click here for Danica Kirka's story).
Global Research has covered the story. Dissident Voice carries a serious examination by Felicity Arbuthnot which ties up many ends and also notes:
Also notable is that so keen was Tony Blair to ally George W. Bush in invasion-plotting that he left the UK during the ten days national mourning for Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. The longest living member of the Royal family had died on March 30, 2002. Queues lined to pay their last respects as she lay in state in Westminster Abbey, the Monarchy grieved and Her Majesty’s Prime Minister, Blair, boarded a ‘plane to the US.
Jennifer Deutschmann covers the subject for Inquisitr. Sophia Tesfaye publicly embarrasses herself (it's all about the GOP race for president!!!!!) at Salon but Salon's where all the non-thinkers go. That said, she should be greeted with rotten fruit wherever she dares to show her face after taking the revelations and trying to turn them into whore points for the Democratic Party. She's a real piece of trash so it's good that she works at a garbage dump. For an example of crazy on the right-wing side of the spectrum, you can check out the loony tunes Michael Rubin serves up at Commentary.
And what of 'brave' McClatchy Newspapers?
As we've long noted, McClatchy didn't do a damn thing to report the truth in the lead up to the Iraq War.
And McClatchy purchased the Knight-Ridder chain in June of 2006.
But McClatchy was as cowardly as most other outlets -- cowardly and craven -- in 2002 and 2003.
They remain so today.
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