Monday, October 18, 2010

Casus belli? Whatever....

Swampland links to a recently-declassified set of talking points drafted for Donald Rumsfeld in preparation for a November 27, 2001 meeting with Tommy Franks -- to plan the invasion of Iraq, less than three months after 9/11.  "Focus on WMD" it begins helpfully, before moving into a skeletal battle plan. Then comes the interesting part:
How start?
  • Saddam moves against Kurds in north?
  • U.S. discovers Saddam connection to Sept. 11 attack or to anthrax attacks?
  • Dispute over WMD inspections?
    • Start thinking now about inspection demands.
The ensuing inspection demands were largely met, and no WMD were found. I wonder how the memos read at that point.

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