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[ Presenting plain-text part of multi-format email ] James Rubin, former assistant Secretary of State under President Clinton, who supported the war against Iraq, said tonight on Channel 4 News that the intelligence given to the Clinton administration and the present one, were flawed. He said that he had seen the reports pronouncing the existence of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction for years, and that governments had believed this reports. Mr Rubin concluded that these reports were fundamentally flawed and that proper investigations were needed on why the intelligence submitted was wrong. He hinted that intelligence had relied heavily on defectors from Iraq. He also said that the Whitehouse got the gameplan regarding the invasion wrong, in that they assumed that the USA would be welcomed unquestioningly by the Iraqis, who would not resist the US army. The Whitehouse believed prior to the invasion that the Iraq machinery of government could be taken over under a new leadership. It seems that the usually united front of the US ruling class regarding military action, is being split by a huge crack, between the Republicans and the Democrats. Leading figures in the Democratic Party are definitely anti the occupation of Iraq. The longer the occupation fails to mend Iraq, the worse the crisis for the US regime and the harder it will be to save their bacon. If it's worth saving. >From watching TV reports, which are obviously severely edited, it appears that the British military are using their experiences in Ulster to help the US occupation of Iraq. I saw today, a very brief shot of several soldiers, pointing rifles at three small children, who were at a house that was being raided. The children looked terrified. Shots like these are not often visible. It points to another reality in Iraq, one that is quite different from that being painted by the 'liberators'. The USA toppled Humpty Dumpty(the state of Iraq), using their superior military might. Putting Humpty together again is begining to look well nigh impossible. When the war was still in full swing, Mr Blair, PM, MP said that war was necessary to deal with the humanitarian situation in Iraq. Subsequently I heard Oona King, MP and others say rejoice that a dictator had gone and that Iraqi lives were being saved from Saddam's slaughter. It has been noted that the Department of International Development under the very regal Baroness Amos, has been remarkably publicity shy regarding both the humanitarian situation in Iraq at present and what is happening about relief. Lila Patel _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email email@example.com All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk