Statement of General Major Michael Laurie to the Iraq Inquiry

SIR MARTIN GILBERT: Right. You told us in your submission that the February/March 2002 dossier — I think your words were, “was rejected because it did not make a strong enough case”. I really have two questions on that. First of all, given the evidence that was in the dossier, what case did you feel it did make and who was it who rejected it? MAJOR GENERAL MICHAEL LAURIE: Yes. I mean, I don’t know because I wasn’t conscious of the production of that. It was something that was being put together. What I do know is that people — I mean Joe French came back from some JIC meeting and said, you know, that dossier which was the four...

Excerpts from over the immunity to Ali Hassan Majid

Excerpts from the regarding the unsuccessful quest for immunity to be granted to Ali Hassan Majid, Saddam's envoy, who was supposed to meet Mubarak in Cairo to discuss the exile for Saddam. 14 January 2003 CAIRO — "Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has for the first time signaled openness to an Arab plan for his exile in an effort to prevent a U.S.-led war against Iraq." 15 Jan TEL AVIV — "Israel has concluded that the United States will reach a final decision on a war against Iraq by the end of the month." 18 Jan CAIRO — "Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has canceled the trip of his top aide to discuss possible exile after learning the U.S. wanted the...

Bush-Aznar transcript: The war crime of the century

By prof Juan Cole 28.9.2007 I made two claims about the transcript published by El Pais of Bush's conversations with Spanish leader Jose Maria Aznar on 22 February, 2003, at Crawford, Texas. The first is that the transcript shows that Bush intended to disregard a negative outcome in his quest for a UN Security Council resolution authorizing a war against Iraq. Bush wanted such a resolution. He expressed a willingness to use threats and economic coercion to secure it. But he makes it perfectly clear that he will not wait for the UNSC to act beyond mid-March. He also explicitly says that if any of the permanent members of the UNSC uses its veto, “we will go.” That is, failure...

Farewell speech by President Eisenhower

Military-Industrial Complex Dwight D. Eisenhower 17 January 1961 My fellow Americans: Three days from now, after half a century in the service of our country, I shall lay down the responsibilities of office as, in traditional and solemn ceremony, the authority of the Presidency is vested in my successor. This evening I come to you with a message of leave-taking and farewell, and to share a few final thoughts with you, my countrymen. Like every other citizen, I wish the new President, and all who will labor with him, Godspeed. I pray that the coming years will be blessed with peace and prosperity for all. Our people expect their President and the Congress to find essential agreement on issues of...

Main facts

Main facts since 2003 January 7, 2003 – Hans BLIX, head of the UNMOVIC inspectors, tells the Security Council the Iraqi's were not yet proactively cooperating. It was a very critical declaration towards Iraq, "it seems they do not have the least idea on what it means to disarm". January 9, 2003 – Greek Foreign Minister George PAPANDREOU, then President of the EU, announced an EU mission in Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Israel and Palestine for a diplomatic solution to Iraq crisis. It’s the beginning of the EU's involvement in the search for a peaceful solution. January 16, 2003 – Wolf BLITZER, American anchorman, hosts a debate on the Iraq crisis on CNN , during which the possibility...

European Deputies Tremosa and Rinaldi (ALDE) qustion the Commission and the Council

During the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg this week, MEPs Niccolò Rinaldi and Ramon Tremosa i Balcells of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) presented a written question to the European Commission and the Council to ask what information is available to these two institutions on the negotiations for the exile of Saddam Hussein before the outburst of the war. Responses are not to be expected for less than six weeks. The text of the written questions Subject: Exile for Saddam Hussein in 2003 as a possible alternative to war In view of: – the details that have already emerged, in particular from the minutes of the meeting held in Crawford, Texas on 22...