One small mistake there Bucky - the originals were not destroyed
. They were returned for legal reasons. Get your facts right before posting. See what Michael Smith himself has to say about the documents ;
The so called "memos" are not the only pieces of evidence available. Check your memory on how Intelligence was fixed to justify the war. They wanted a war with Iraq - no matter what the cost. The reasons for this are quite obvious to anyone with half a brain.
1) the war is illegal
2) it was planned way in advance
3) with no exit strategy
We're working on getting the pResident impeached. If the "memos" don't do the trick, something else will. Accept it as it is Bucky. Your Fuehrer fucked up royally. It's only a matter of time.
Two things we have on our side : time and the truth. Oh, almost forgot love. Does anybody remember Love ?
Okay, one addition post scriptum (or so) ;
In Bob Woodward's "Plan of Attack" you can see more proof that the war was planned far in advance.
i.e Page 25: Hours after the Sept. 11 attacks, Donald Rumsfeld asks Pentagon colleagues about the possibility of striking Saddam Hussein. An aide records in his notes: "hit S.H. @ same time—not only UBL [Usama Bin Laden]."
Fixing the facts ?
Page 190: In September 2002, Bush tells the press that Iraq can launch a biological or chemical attack within 45 minutes—an assertion that the CIA finds completely phony. Director George Tenet refers to it as the "they-can-attack-in-45-minutes shit."
Ignoring the facts ?
Page 25: Much of Woodward's book involves the administration's efforts to marginalize, or completely ignore, Colin Powell. After Rumsfeld and others raise the idea of striking Iraq in response to 9/11, Powell tells Gen. Hugh Shelton, "What the hell! What are these guys thinking about? Can't you get these guys back in the box?"
In preperation ?
Page 14: On Feb. 16, 2001, American and British planes bomb Iraqi targets to enforce the no-fly zones. No one from the Joint Chiefs of Staff bothers to inform the secretary of defense.
Some harsh words from an insider prior to the decision to roll ?
Page 115: Franks to lethargic commanders before the Iraq war: "This is fucking serious. You know, if you guys think this is not going to happen, you're wrong. You need to get off your ass."
Again, looking for a reason :
Page 247-49: At a December 2002 briefing, Tenet's deputy makes the case that Iraq is harboring weapons of mass destruction. Bush says, "I've been told all this intelligence about having WMD and this is the best we've got?" Tenet raises his arms and says, "Don't worry, it's a slam-dunk!" To date, no WMD have been found in Iraq.