11-22-2005, 01:41 PM #1
Bush planned to bomb al-Jaziras
I just read this on swedens biggest newspapers homepage.
http://www.aftonbladet.se/vss/nyhete...733815,00.html (on swedish so you wont understand a thing).
Blair had to talk Bush out of bombing al-Jazira in Qatar. More on this is published in Daily Mirror according to the swedish article but Im not faimilar with that newspaper. Can anyone dig up a online artikle that confirms this news???
11-22-2005, 01:43 PM #2
11-22-2005, 01:46 PM #3
Sounds like a lot of speculation.
In addition bombing Al Jazira would have been a huge mistake.
11-22-2005, 01:54 PM #4
yeah sounds a bit over the top.
11-22-2005, 02:00 PM #5
Supposedly he was joking.
But the US did bomb the Al Jazerra offices in Iraq and Afghanistan before.
11-22-2005, 02:12 PM #6Originally Posted by CAUSASIAN
The Daily Mirror attributed its information to unidentified sources. One source, said to be in the government, was quoted as saying that the alleged threat was "humorous, not serious," but the newspaper quoted another source as saying that "Bush was deadly serious, as was Blair."
11-22-2005, 02:14 PM #7
I'm surprised he hasn't had Murtha assassinated yet.........Bush is acting all humble and open to dialog now......what a farce.
11-22-2005, 02:20 PM #8
would be a huge mistake but 90% of the world would stand up and applaude
11-22-2005, 03:20 PM #9Originally Posted by 3Vandoo
11-23-2005, 08:45 AM #10
Bush wants to bomb TV station al-jazeera
Now I dont normally get my news from middle-east-online.com, I had heard this story on the radio today and found this article from google.
Bush plotted to bomb al-Jazeera: Daily Mirror
Transcript reveals that Blair talked Bush out of launching military strike on pan-Arab station.
LONDON - US President George W. Bush planned to bomb pan-Arab television broadcaster al-Jazeera, British newspaper the Daily Mirror said Tuesday, citing a Downing Street memo marked "Top Secret".
The five-page transcript of a conversation between Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair reveals that Blair talked 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 Blair's April 16, 2004 visit to Washington allegedly shows Bush wanted to attack the satellite channel's headquarters.
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 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.
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 Blair's Downing Street office said: "We have got nothing to say about this story. We don't comment on leaked documents."
The Mirror said the memo turned up in the office of then British lawmaker Tony Clarke, a member of Blair's Labour Party, in May 2004.
Civil servant David Keogh, 49, is accused under the Official Secrets Act of handing it it to Clarke's former researcher Leo O'Connor, 42. Both are bailed to appear at Bow Street Magistrates Court in central London next week.
Clarke returned the memo to Downing Street. He said O'Connor had behaved "perfectly correctly".
He told Britain's domestic Press Association news agency that 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.
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."
This fits in well with the definition of terrorism thread. Would you label it terrorism if bush bombed the TV station?
11-23-2005, 08:48 AM #11
Cool.. so we have a president planning military strategy??
i don't think so.. he is advised by military minds, and thus military action is taken..
Hey, i heard, and then found a website with an article that Hilary Clinton was gay, and thus, that's the reason she doesn't sleep with bill ..
my point is.. information and miss information are all tools used by both sides..The answer to your every question
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11-23-2005, 08:55 AM #12Originally Posted by BeerBaron
What did the "enquirer" have to say about it?
11-23-2005, 09:01 AM #13
Beer I merged your thread into the one I started about this yesteday.
11-23-2005, 11:24 AM #14
oh yeah thanks, I hastily posted this when I got home from school this morning. Should have payed closer attention.
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