Letter to Pres
Bush Concerning the "Downing Street Minutes"
The Honorable George W.
Bush President of the United States of America 1600 Pennsylvania Ave,
N.W. Washington, D.C. 20005
Dear Mr. President:
the undersigned write because of our concern regarding recent disclosures of
a Downing Street Memo in the London Times, comprising the minutes of a
meeting of Prime Minister Tony Blair and his top advisers. These minutes
indicate that the United States and Great Britain agreed, by the summer of
2002, to attack Iraq, well before the invasion and before you even sought
Congressional authority to engage in military action, and that U.S.
officials were deliberately manipulating intelligence to justify the
Among other things, the British government document quotes a
high- ranking British official as stating that by July, 2002, Bush had made
up his mind to take military action. Yet, a month later, you stated you
were still willing to "look at all options" and that there was "no timetable"
for war. Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, flatly stated that "[t]he
president has made no such determination that we should go to war with Iraq."
In addition, the origins of the false contention that Iraq had weapons
of mass destruction remain a serious and lingering question about the lead up to
the war. There is an ongoing debate about whether this was the result of a
"massive intelligence failure," in other words a mistake, or the result of
intentional and deliberate manipulation of intelligence to justify the case for
war. The memo appears to resolve that debate as well, quoting the head of
British intelligence as indicating that in the United States "the intelligence
and facts were being fixed around the policy."
As a result of these
concerns, we would ask that you respond to the following questions:
1)Do you or anyone in your administration dispute the accuracy of the
2) Were arrangements being made, including the
recruitment of allies, before you sought Congressional authorization to go
to war? Did you or anyone in your Administration obtain Britain's commitment
to invade prior to this time?
3) Was there an effort to create an
ultimatum about weapons inspectors in order to help with the justification for
the war as the minutes indicate?
4) At what point in time did you and
Prime Minister Blair first agree it was necessary to invade Iraq?
there a coordinated effort with the U.S. intelligence community and/or British
officials to "fix" the intelligence and facts around the policy as the leaked
These are the same questions 89 Members of Congress, led
by Rep. John Conyers, Jr., submitted to you on May 5, 2005. As citizens and
taxpayers, we believe it is imperative that our people be able to trust our
government and our commander in chief when you make representations and
statements regarding our nation engaging in war.
As a result, we would
ask that you publicly respond to these questions as promptly as
Thank you for your prompt attention to this