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Bush, Blair try to discredit the Downing Street Memo. And they don’t do a very good job of lying.

President Bush denied on Tuesday the substance of a 2002 memo in which a top British intelligence official claimed the administration manipulated facts and intelligence to justify the war in Iraq.

In a brief appearance with British Prime Minister Tony Blair at the White House, Bush said “there’s nothing farther from the truth.”

“We worked hard to see if we could figure out how to do this peacefully,” Bush said. “Nobody wants to commit military into combat. It’s the last option.”

Blair, Bush’s closest ally in the war, said that “the facts were not being fixed in any shape or form at all.”

…Their appearance marked the first time Bush has responded directly to the so-called Downing Street Memo, which details observations by British intelligence chief Richard Dearlove after a meeting with administration officials eight months before the war.

…Bush and Blair noted the memo was written before the United States and Britain went to the United Nations in November 2002 to call on Saddam to disarm.

“All the way through that period of time, we were trying to look for a way of managing to resolve this without conflict,” Blair said. “As it happened, we weren’t able to do that because, as I think was very clear, there was no way that Saddam Hussein was ever going to change the way that he worked or the way that he acted.”

…David Swanson, a Washington Democratic activist working to persuade Congress to pursue an inquiry into the memo, said the document’s timing and the U.N. resolution calling for Saddam to disarm do not disprove the memo’s contents.

“I am not sure what point they thought they were making,” said Swanson, the co-founder of “These minutes mesh perfectly with a building pile of evidence, including testimony from former administration officials, and if that’s going to be a matter of sheer coincidence, we need an explanation of why.”

ALSO: Check out Steve Cobble’s piece in The Nation.

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