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June 5, 2005

Our next ambassador to the U.N.

The Downing Street memo—that’s the one you haven’t read much about in the U.S. media—details how the Bush administration was manipulating intelligence as early as 2002 to make the case for war. And nothing was allowed to get in the way:

John R. Bolton flew to Europe in 2002 to confront the head of a global arms-control agency and demand he resign, then orchestrated the firing of the unwilling diplomat in a move a U.N. tribunal has since judged unlawful, according to officials involved.
A former Bolton deputy says the U.S. undersecretary of state felt Jose Bustani “had to go,” particularly because the Brazilian was trying to send chemical weapons inspectors to Baghdad. That might have helped defuse the crisis over alleged Iraqi weapons and undermined a U.S. rationale for war.
Bustani, who says he got a “menacing” phone call from Bolton at one point, was removed by a vote of just one-third of member nations at an unusual special session of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), at which the United States cited alleged mismanagement in calling for his ouster. The United Nations’ highest administrative tribunal later condemned the action as an “unacceptable violation” of principles protecting international civil servants.

Lean Left, which drew my attention to this story, comments:

If you believe in democracy, even if you supported the invasion of Iraq, you have to demand that Bush be held accountable – that Congress investigate whether or not Bush manipulated intelligence to make his case for war. If Bush or people in his Administration manipulated intelligence, then they lied to the American people about a matter of national security. If they did that, they must be removed. This transcends partisanship. Allowing them to get away with it, refusing to even investigate the accusations in the face of the strong evidence we have now, is to abandon democracy.

I think we already abandoned it.

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