When President George W. Bush told the American people on March 20, 2003 that he issued a command to attack Iraq as a matter of national security, most American's stood by their President. Nobody wants to go to war, but when we do, we trust our leaders to shed blood in our name only as a last resort and only when absolutely necessary.
The Downing Street Memo that was leaked on May 1, 2005, reveals that President Bush decided to overthrow President Saddam Hussein in the summer of 2002. A full 8 months prior to the start of the war! It also reveals that Bush was determined to ensure that U.S. intelligence supported this action. The intelligence and facts relevant to WMD (the given reason for the war) were "fixed". This "Memo" is actually transcribed minutes from a meeting with British Prime Minister, Tony Blair on July 23, 2002. British officials have not disputed the authenticity of this document. The minutes detail how our government did NOT believe that Irag was a greater threat to America than other nations; how the intelligence was manipulated to sell the case for war to the American people; and how the "talk" of diplomacy was mere hollow pretense.
Regardless of political affiliation, all Americans should ask themselves: "Did Bush tell the truth when he said he would not take this country to war unless absolutely necessary?"