Ministers were warned in July 2002 that Britain was committed to taking part in an American-led invasion of Iraq and they had no choice but to find a way of making it legal.
The warning, in a leaked Cabinet Office briefing paper, said Tony Blair had already agreed to back military action to get rid of Saddam Hussein at a summit at the Texas ranch of President George W. Bush three months earlier.
The briefing paper, for participants at a meeting of Blair's inner circle on July 23, 2002, said that since regime change was illegal it was "necessary to create the conditions" which would make it legal.
The briefing paper is here. In it, it mentions that the US plan to invade Iraq "lack[ed] a political framework." What I found most striking from this briefing paper was that even the UK didn't believe Bush's reason (that Iraq had WMDs) was sufficient to wage war on that country:
Our objective should be a stable and law-abiding Iraq, within present borders, co-operating with the international community, no longer posing a threat to its neighbours or to international security, and abiding by its international obligations on WMD. It seems unlikely that this could be achieved while the current Iraqi regime remains in power. US military planning unambiguously takes as its objective the removal of Saddam Hussein's regime, followed by elimination if Iraqi WMD. It is however, by no means certain, in the view of UK officials, that one would necessarily follow from the other. Even if regime change is a necessary condition for controlling Iraqi WMD, it is certainly not a sufficient one. [Emphasis mine.]
Here's another interesting tidbit from the article:
There has been a growing storm of protest in America, created by last month's publication of the minutes in The Sunday Times. A host of citizens, including many internet bloggers, have demanded to know why the Downing Street memo (often shortened to "the DSM" on websited) has been largely ignored by the US mainstream media.
Oh my. I'm loving the nice shout out. It is my hope that with a combination of foreign media coverage of Bush's Big Lie and citizen's media (my new favorite term for "blog"), this could be the impetus for impeachment that I have been waiting for. Since our country's own MSM can't generate the heat, leave it up to a host of international reporters and a good number of Americans that have already woken up to smell the ol' proverbial cup of coffee.
Clinton was impeached for having an inappropriate relationship with an intern. Not-My-President needs to be impeached for lying to the American public, causing many of them to lose their precious lives in the spirit of patriotism and duty to one's country. Bush has callously used their lives as a pawn in his game of whatever the hell it is he's trying to accomplish by turning the entire country - hell, the entire planet - on its ear. We are reviled overseas, and Bush and his corrupt-ass cohorts are singlehandedly responsible for this. It's time to get the incompetency OUT of the White House.