In a stunning blow to the official narrative propagated by the Bush administration, recently released, declassified emails have exposed the numerous lies government officials told the public in the months leading up to the war in Iraq.
According to The Daily Mail, the emails were received by Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state and were subsequently stored on her private email server. The documents on Clinton’s server have been released due to rulings from U.S. courts.
One email from then-Secretary of State Colin Powell to former President George W. Bush, details an upcoming meeting between the President and British Prime Minister Tony Blair which was to take place from April 5-7th, in 2002.
This meeting became known as the Crawford summit and was widely speculated to have been used to discuss the invasion of Iraq, which in the release of these emails, proves that this was, in fact, the case.
The former Prime Minister has always hotly denied the claim that the two men signed a deal “in blood” at Crawford to embark on the war, which started on March 20, 2003. He publicly claimed at the time that he was seeking a diplomatic solution to the crisis. He told voters, “We’re not proposing military action,” which is in direct contrast to what the secret email now reveals.
The Powell document, headed “Secret… Memorandum for the President,” reveals how Blair and Bush secretly plotted the war behind closed doors at Crawford.
In it, Powell tells Bush that Blair “will be with us” on military action. Powell assures the President, “The UK will follow our lead.”
Secretary Powell writes:
Blair continues to stand by you and the U.S. as we move forward on the war on terrorism and on Iraq. He will present to you the strategic, tactical and public affairs lines that he believes will strengthen global support for our common cause.
A second explosive memo which was drafted by the U.S. embassy in London, reveals how the Bush administration used ‘spies’ in the British Labor Party to manipulate British public opinion in favor of the war.
PM Tony Blair has made publicly clear his commitment to a more proactive Iraq policy. Reflecting the polled sentiments of voters, however, a sizable number of his labor party MP’s remains at present opposed to military action against Iraq. A majority indicate they would change their minds if they had proof of Iraqi involvement in September 11 or another terrorist atrocity. Some would favor shifting from a policy of containment of Iraq if they had recent (and publicly usable) proof that Iraq is WMD/missiles or that Iraq’s WMD status has changed for the worse.
Former Tory Shadow Home Secretary David Davis said:
“The memos prove in explicit terms what many of us have believed all along: Tony Blair effectively agreed to act as a frontman for American foreign policy in advance of any decision by the House of Commons or the British Cabinet.
He was happy to launder George Bush’s policy on Iraq and sub-contract British foreign policy to another country without having the remotest ability to have any real influence over it. And in return for what?
For George Bush pretending Blair was a player on the world stage to impress voters in the UK when the Americans didn’t even believe it themselves.”
Following the Crawford summit, a massive propaganda campaign was launched to drum up support for the war. Media began being inundated with threats of terrorism and government officials repeatedly went on the record accusing Iraq of having weapons of mass destruction, The Free Thought Project reports.
While this may come as a surprise to some Americans, it confirms what many have suspected for years. The U.S. government and its allies lied to their citizens to promote a war of aggression in order to achieve their political agendas.
When you lie to the government it’s a crime, when the government lies to you it’s politics.