Who Won the $1,000?

From Holden:

No word yet on whether Democrats.com has given $1,000 to the reporter who asked Chimpy about the Downing Street Memo yesterday. Although Little Scottie did not dispute the allegations found in the memo when he was asked about it last month, Chimpy claimed the memo’s release was all politics and the “memo” (meeting minutes, actually) was nothing more than a pack of lies anyway.

Q Thank you, sir. On Iraq, the so-called Downing Street memo from July 2002 says intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy of removing Saddam through military action. Is this an accurate reflection of what happened? Could both of you respond?

[Blair’s dishonest response snipped – he’s not my president either.]

PRESIDENT BUSH: Well, I — you know, I read kind of the characterizations of the memo, particularly when they dropped it out in the middle of his race. I’m not sure who “they dropped it out” is, but — I’m not suggesting that you all dropped it out there. (Laughter.) And somebody said, well, you know, we had made up our mind to go to use military force to deal with Saddam. There’s nothing farther from the truth.

My conversation with the Prime Minister was, how could we do this peacefully, what could we do. And this meeting, evidently, that took place in London happened before we even went to the United Nations — or I went to the United Nations. And so it’s — look, both us of didn’t want to use our military. Nobody wants to commit military into combat. It’s the last option. The consequences of committing the military are — are very difficult. The hardest things I do as the President is to try to comfort families who’ve lost a loved one in combat. It’s the last option that the President must have — and it’s the last option I know my friend had, as well.

And so we worked hard to see if we could figure out how to do this peacefully, take a — put a united front up to Saddam Hussein, and say, the world speaks, and he ignored the world. Remember, 1441 passed the Security Council unanimously. He made the decision. And the world is better off without Saddam Hussein in power.

Just how did Saddam “ignore the world”? He filed a comprehensive and honest assessment of his weapons capabilities and even destroyed a batch of missiles on the eave of invasion. And as I recall it UNSC resolution 1441 called for Saddam to allow inspectors into Iraq, and he complied with that resolution. The invasion of Iraq required a second resolution, but the Bush assministration never sought a vote on such a resolution because they knew they would lose that vote.