Dear Democracy Now! Visitor: We are an independent, ad-free daily news program that serves millions of viewers and listeners each month. In this US election year, Democracy Now! is more important than ever. For 20 years, we’ve put a spotlight on corporate and government abuses of power. We lift up the stories of ordinary people working to make change in extraordinary times. We do all of this with just a fraction of the budget and staff of a commercial news show. We do it without ads, corporate sponsorship or government funding. How is this possible? Only with your support. A generous funder will match your donation dollar for dollar if you donate right now. That means when you give $10, your donation will be worth $20. Pretty exciting, right? So, if you've been waiting to make your contribution to Democracy Now!, today is your day. It takes just a couple of minutes to make sure that Democracy Now! is there for you every day.

Your Donation: $

<i>Financial Times</i>: The Bush Administration Planned to Invade Iraq as Early as December

May 28, 2003
Story
WATCH FULL SHOW

Topics

White House officials told the American people up until March that the president had not decided to use military force against Iraq and would only consider it as a last resort.

In the buildup to the US led invasion of Iraq, White House officials told the American people up until March that that the president had not decided to use military force and would only consider it as a last resort.

The Financial Times reported yesterday that the decision to invade Iraq came much earlier.

A senior aide to President Bush said the critical "internal moment" in the White House came in the second week of December, when the president was briefed on Iraq’s weapons declaration. The president was told that the Iraqi regime appeared to have made a decision not to co-operate with the UN process.

One person who worked closely with the National Security Council during the time said, "A tinpot dictator was mocking the president. It provoked a sense of anger in the White House. After that point, there was no prospect of a diplomatic solution."

France concluded in early January that the US had abandoned the diplomatic path and was already determined to overthrow Saddam Hussein using military force.

Bush administration officials indicated that the French assessment was justified.

The Financial Times report is the first in a three-part series.

  • James Harding, reporter for the Financial Times

Link:

Financial Times


The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.