Ask Bush about the Downing Street Memo and win a grand.
Tony Blair is in Washington today to talk with George W. Bush about aid for Africa, but it might be an opportune moment for the White House press corps to talk about something else: The 2002 Downing Street memo which shows that Blair was told that “the intelligence and facts were being fixed” to support Bush’s plan to depose Saddam Hussein through military force.
Bush held a press conference last week, but no one in the White House press corps bothered to ask him about the memo then. Reporters will probably get another chance to ask today, this time with Blair sitting right there in the room, too. They can even get paid for asking. Democrats.com has posted a $1,000 reward for any reporter who gets Bush to give a “yes or no” answer to the question, “In July 2002, did you and your administration ‘fix’ the intelligence and facts about non-existent Iraqi WMD’s and ties to terrorism — which were disputed by U.S. intelligence officials — to sell your decision to invade Iraq to Congress, the American people, and the world — as quoted in the Downing Street Minutes?” Hell, they’ll get a hundred bucks if they just ask the question without getting an answer. [Tim Grieve in Salon.com]
Please, please, call on me! A thousand bucks would get the woodgrain repaired on my Pontiac, and even a hundred would pay for the new headliner. And even more important, it might get something out of the administration on the whole bloody mess. Even an absurd obfuscation would be a start.