1. Bush, by this memoâ€™s composition in mid-2002, had already decided to invade Iraq.
2. To this end, he had manipulated intelligence findings to fit his policy.
For motives unknown to the public (but that many suspect revolve around a certain three-letter word that rhymes with â€œboilâ€?â€?as in, "Iraqâ€™s second-largest-reserves-on-earth make me boil with mirth" and "royal" â€?as in, "ExxonMobil will be living like royalty if we get our hands on Iraqâ€™s copious quantity"), Bush had decided roughly 8 months before the invasion of Iraq that Saddam Hussein must relinquish his iron grasp on the Iraqi people and their sweet, seductive crude. George made clear that Saddam must give up his weapons of mass destruction, or he would use military force to bring down his regime and free the Iraqi people from not only the relentless drudgery of living under Hussein, but also the relentless drudgery of living period.
This poignant memo seems to be the final brick that the anti-Bush legions have been seeking to build an airtight case against the emperor; a "smoking gun" that came not in the form of Condiâ€™s mushroom cloud, but rather in the form of a great mushrooming of evidence that Bush misconducted the war and, now, that he didnâ€™t even have a good reason for it.