Tuesday, June 22, 2004
Iraq, 9/11 and Bush
Where ever did so many Americans get the idea Iraq was related to 9/11 ? Oh, that's right, the Presidential Letter to Congress requesting authorization to invade Iraq.
This is likely the single most important document of the Bush Presidency. It was created caregully, with incredible focus and thought placed on every word, sentence and paragraph.
It is unimaginable that the placement of 9/11 into the 2nd half of this authorization request was anything but a conscious, deliberate act:
Text of a Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate
March 18, 2003
Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)
Consistent with section 3(b) of the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 (Public Law 107-243), and based on information available to me, including that in the enclosed document, I determine that:
(1) reliance by the United States on further diplomatic and other peaceful means alone will neither (A) adequately protect the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed byIraq nor (B) likely lead to enforcement of all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq; and
(2) acting pursuant to the Constitution and Public Law 107-243 is consistent with the United States and other countries continuing to take the necessary actions against international terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations, or persons who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001.
GEORGE W. BUSH
Oh, and just in case it ever disappears from WhiteHouse.gov, heres a pdf:
Presidential Letter (HTML)
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