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Big Brass Alliance/Downing Street update

First off, the Big Brass Alliance Forums are back online (we got hacked late last week). Special thanks to web guru Charlie Kilian for getting it back up on Sunday!

On to the big story that you should be reading/blogging about:

The Sunday Times – Britain: General admits to secret air war
As even more evidence piles on that the Chimpster-in-Chief and his buddy Tony Blair cooked up reasons to go to war in Iraq, you have to wonder when the sheeple are going to wake up.

The American general who commanded allied air forces during the Iraq war appears to have admitted in a briefing to American and British officers that coalition aircraft waged a secret air war against Iraq from the middle of 2002, nine months before the invasion began.

Addressing a briefing on lessons learnt from the Iraq war Lieutenant-General Michael Moseley said that in 2002 and early 2003 allied aircraft flew 21,736 sorties, dropping more than 600 bombs on 391 “carefully selected targets” before the war officially started. The nine months of allied raids “laid the foundations” for the allied victory, Moseley said. They ensured that allied forces did not have to start the war with a protracted bombardment of Iraqi positions.

If those raids exceeded the need to maintain security in the no-fly zones of southern and northern Iraq, they would leave President George W Bush and Tony Blair vulnerable to allegations that they had acted illegally.

Moseley’s remarks have emerged after reports in The Sunday Times that showed an increase in allied bombing in southern Iraq was described in leaked minutes of a meeting of the war cabinet as “spikes of activity to put pressure on the regime”.

Here are other headlines to catch you up on the latest Downing Street news:

* The Sunday Times – Britain: How the leaked documents questioning war emerged from ‘Britain’s Deep Throat’

* Fort Wayne News Sentinel: Americans inching closer to a reckoning

* Delaware Online: Honesty and progress are vital for Americans to stay behind war

Also, check out The Heretik’s MONSTER POLICY PART TWO. A snippet:

The Downing Street Memos predict what happens when people who believe themselves so right go so wrong. The Bush foreign policy is built upon seeming divine sense of what is right and what is wrong, what is good and what is evil. To be so completely right from the start means there can be no wrong turns ahead and no turning back. Nowhere is this seen more than in the continuing presence of Donald Rumsfeld and in in his influence in the Bush Administration. Rumsfeld gave us a war with too few soldiers at its start and a war with too many soldiers dying after the end of major combat operations now.

Rumsfeld is the cursed creature of a desert policy, the mummy once given life, now dead, that yet haunts the living. His bungle through Iraq, his evil acts undead and still alive in abominations like Guantanamo, go not unnoticed in the Middle East and other places where human hearts still beat. That the monstrous mummy of Bush policy still stalk the world tells the people of the desert country and beyond that something is seriously wrong with the country that claims always to be right, that those who claim to see the good are blind to at least one man’s evil. Wrong policy only makes a wrong turn when it continues on straight ahead for politics and can’t turn back.

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