Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Move On, Move On, Move On, Move On...

I missed the significance of this completely. Fortunately, others are more observant.

There's a post up at Chicken Yoghurt concerning another leak which appeared in the Sunday Times this weekend. It's a Cabinet Office paper from 21st July, 2002, called Iraq: Conditions for Military Action. Here's a sample:
20. Time will be required to prepare public opinion in the UK that it is necessary to take military action against Saddam Hussein. There would also need to be a substantial effort to secure the support of Parliament. An information campaign will be needed which has to be closely related to an overseas information campaign designed to influence Saddam Hussein, the Islamic World and the wider international community.
Yes, in July 2002, the Blair government was planning to "prepare public opinion" for the invasion of Iraq. And we all know how accurate the "information campaign" turned out to be.
It's worth taking the time to read the Chicken Yoghurt post in full.