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Old 11-22-2005, 01:28 PM
Shannow Shannow is offline
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Default Bush wanted to bomb Al-Jazeera.


http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,17328600-401,00.html

Ruler of the "free" world, with the temper of a three year old...great.

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US President George W. Bush planned to bomb pan-Arab television broadcaster al-Jazeera, British newspaper the Daily Mirror said today, citing a Downing Street memo marked "Top Secret".
The five-page transcript of a conversation between Mr Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair reveals that Mr Blair talked Mr Bush out of launching a military strike on the station, unnamed sources told the anti-war-in-Iraq daily.

The transcript of the pair's talks during Mr Blair's April 16, 2004, visit to Washington allegedly shows Mr Bush wanted to attack the satellite channel's headquarters.

Mr Blair allegedly feared such a strike, in the business district of Doha, the capital of Qatar, a key western ally in the Persian Gulf, would spark revenge attacks.

The Mirror quoted an unnamed British government official as saying Mr Bush's threat was "humorous, not serious".

Al-Jazeera's perspectives on the war in Iraq have drawn criticism from Washington since the US-led March 2003 invasion.

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The station has broadcast messages from al-Qaeda terror network chief Osama bin Laden and the beheadings of Western hostages by insurgents in Iraq, as well as footage of dead coalition servicemen and Iraqi civilians killed in fighting.

A source told the Mirror: "The memo is explosive and hugely damaging to Bush.

"He made clear he wanted to bomb al-Jazeera in Qatar and elsewhere. Blair replied that would cause a big problem.

"There's no doubt what Bush wanted to do - and no doubt Blair didn't want him to do it."

Another source said: "Bush was deadly serious, as was Blair. That much is absolutely clear from the language used by both men."

A spokesman for Mr Blair's Downing Street office said: "We have got nothing to say about this story. We don't comment on leaked documents."

The Mirrorsaid the memo turned up in the office of then British MP Tony Clarke, a member of Mr Blair's Labour Party, in May 2004.

Civil servant David Keogh, 49, is accused under the Official Secrets Act of handing it it to Mr Clarke's former researcher Leo O'Connor, 42. Both are bailed to appear at Bow Street Magistrates Court in central London next week.

Mr Clarke returned the memo to Downing Street. He said Mr O'Connor had behaved "perfectly correctly".

He told Britain's domestic Press Association news agency that Mr O'Connor had done "exactly the right thing" in bringing it to his attention.

The Mirror said such a strike would have been "the most spectacular foreign policy disaster since the Iraq war itself".

The newspaper said that the memo "casts fresh doubt on claims that other attacks on al-Jazeera were accidents". It cited the 2001 direct hit on the channel's Kabul office.

Mr Blair's former defence minister Peter Kilfoyle challenged Downing Street to publish the transcript.

"I hope the Prime Minister insists this memo be published," he told the Mirror.

"It gives an insight into the mindset of those who were architects of the war."

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Old 11-22-2005, 01:53 PM
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Hey, OK? How does showing beheadings make GEORGE look bad? I think you got that backwards. A military strike could mena a lot of things including jamming operations or propaganda wars, etc. theyv'e got AWACS that can jam your hearing aid, dammit! it doesn't mean that ol' George wanted to waltz up to the station and toss in a nyoocyoolar hand grenade, right? But they did mess with his Dad, and them's fightin' words, OK ther you go . . .
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Old 11-22-2005, 02:46 PM
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Ruler of the "free" world, with the temper of a three year old...great.
:-D :lol: :lol: :lol:

So while we're on the subject, just who is behind Al Jazeera?...And like Ozzy says, how much does it really hurt the neocons' cause to have a bogus Arab news organization touting the mythical Osama bin Laden? Doesn't it aid and abet in the overall scam to have a PR agent propagandizing for the other side which doesn't really exist in the first place? (I'm getting a migraine just structuring that last thought.)
Is it possible that George W. Bush doesn't know the score himself? :-o
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