Operation Inigo MontoyaWMDTerrorist Nation… Inigo Montoya

Big suprise:

The Bush Administration began laying plans for an invasion of Iraq, including the use of American troops, within days of President Bush’s inauguration in January of 2001 — not eight months later after the 9/11 attacks as has been previously reported.

That’s what former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill says in his first interview about his time as a White House insider. O’Neill talks to Correspondent Lesley Stahl in the interview, to be broadcast on 60 Minutes, Sunday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

“From the very beginning, there was a conviction that Saddam Hussein was a bad person and that he needed to go,” he tells Stahl. “For me, the notion of pre-emption, that the U.S. has the unilateral right to do whatever we decide to do is a really huge leap.”

O’Neill, fired by the White House for his disagreement on tax cuts, is the main source for an upcoming book, “The Price of Loyalty,” authored by Ron Suskind.

Suskind says O’Neill and other White House insiders he interviewed gave him documents that show that in the first three months of 2001, the administration was looking at military options for removing Saddam Hussein from power and planning for the aftermath of Saddam’s downfall — including post-war contingencies like peacekeeping troops, war crimes tribunals and the future of Iraq’s oil.

“There are memos,” Suskind tells Stahl, “One of them marked ‘secret’ says ‘Plan for Post-Saddam Iraq.'”

A Pentagon document, says Suskind, titled “Foreign Suitors For Iraqi Oilfield Contracts,” outlines areas of oil exploration. “It talks about contractors around the world from…30, 40 countries and which ones have what intentions on oil in Iraq,” Suskind says.

But I thought it was about Weapons of Mass Destruction, their connection to al Qaeda and 9/11…oh wait…it was about the rape rooms (which the Bush administration creepily can’t seem to mention enough). Apparently everything didn’t change after 9/11 except for the fortuitous appearance of a fake rationale.

You would think that Glenn and Andy and Totten and Den Beste and all the other 101st Fighting Keyboarders might have something to say about this. You might think that, but you’d be wrong.

Nope. They’re a quiet as a Catholic orgasm.

Now if O’Neill had compared Bush to Hitler….

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