Sunday, February 27, 2005

The Crawford Deal: did Blair sign up for war at Bush's Texas ranch in April 2002?

The Crawford Deal: did Blair sign up for war at Bush's Texas ranch in April 2002?

The Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith, gave an opinion on 7 March 2003 which said that for the Iraq war to be legal, a UN Security Council resolution specifically backing force was needed.

Later, he seemed to change his mind.

When did Tony Blair first sign up to a war?

Leaked documents show that as early as March 2002, the Prime Minister's foreign policy adviser, Sir David Manning, assured Condoleezza Rice of Mr Blair's support for "regime change".

Sir Christopher Meyer, British ambassador to the US, then repeated the commitment to Paul Wolfowitz, the US Deputy Defence Secretary. The ambassador added that Mr Blair would need a "cover" for any military action. "I then went through the need to wrongfoot Saddam on the inspectors and the UN Security Council resolutions."

The Independent on Sunday has discovered further information indicating that when Mr Blair met Mr Bush at his Texas ranch on 7 and 8 April 2002, he committed Britain to an assault on Iraq.


William Clark describes 'The Real Reasons Why Iran is the Next Target:
The Emerging Euro-denominated International Oil Marker'

"The Iranians are about to commit an 'offense' far greater than Saddam Hussein's conversion to the euro of Iraq’s oil exports in the fall of 2000. Numerous articles have revealed Pentagon planning for operations against Iran as early as 2005. While the publicly stated reasons will be over Iran's nuclear ambitions, there are unspoken macroeconomic drivers explaining the Real Reasons regarding the 2nd stage of petrodollar warfare - Iran's upcoming euro-based oil Bourse.

"In 2005-2006, The Tehran government has a developed a plan to begin competing with New York's NYMEX and London's IPE with respect to international oil trades - using a euro-denominated international oil-trading mechanism. This means that without some form of US intervention, the euro is going to establish a firm foothold in the international oil trade. Given U.S. debt levels and the stated neoconservative project for U.S. global domination, Tehran's objective constitutes an obvious encroachment on U.S. dollar supremacy in the international oil market."

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