Defending Bush on the Downing Street Memo

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The memo is dated July 23, 2002, and was sent by Matthew Rycroft, then a British foreign policy adviser, to David Manning, Britain's ambassador to the United States:

The so-called "Downing Street Memo" recounts a 2002 meeting between British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his security cabinet, where it was suggested that American intelligence and facts were "being fixed around the policy" of the Bush administration plan to invade and occupy Iraq. Commentator Joseph C. Phillips says when it comes to the memo, the president's critics are wide of the mark.

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