Downing Street Memos May Not Be Quite Authentic And Other Things That Don't Matter

Okay, so the left wants to impeach Bush over the personal observations and opinions of a left-leaning British aide to the left-leaning Blair government.

That's a bit like saying we should impeach Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg because G. Gordon Liddy wrote a nasty screed about her.

But not only do they not matter worth a damn but there's some question about their actual accuracy as well. As the reporter who published them claims he destroyed the originals, and what he offers is merely a transcript of what he read, there's a bit of doubt as to how faithfully they reproduce the memos.

Powerline disagrees, noting that fake memos would be sexier, as it were, and more damning regarding Bush, and besides, no one in British government has contradicted the basic accuracy of the memos (at least as far as them expressing this one aide's thoughts).

Either way, it doesn't matter. So I'm not sure if we should care if they're 100% accurate or a little sweetened. They're meaningless.

It's fun to hear the left talk about impeachment, though.

Have fun, guys. As someone who was big into impeachment a few short years ago, let me tell you it's not going to be nearly as fun or satisfying as you might be imagining.

Posted by: Ace at 01:29 PM


1 Are you saying that the "intelligence" in the memos might have been "sexed up" by the left?

Posted by: Dacotti at June 20, 2005 01:43 PM (GDOa/)

2 Probably not; but it doesn't matter. Again, I wouldn't be suprised that many aides to liberal American senators have typed up such "memos."

So fucking what? Is that news? That left-leaning people don't like Bush, don't trust his motives, and think he cooked intelligence?

The left is trying to elevate a government-bureaucrat's internal op-ed piece into some sort of smoking gun evidence of a Grand Deception.

Posted by: ace at June 20, 2005 01:45 PM (sYxc4)


Examples of "fixed around" from UK web pages:

Fireplug canisters are fixed around the pipe and the toggle clip engaged. The canister is then slipped along the pipe to the wall or ceiling. The canister is then fixed to the wall or ceiling. The fixings used on the test were four number 50mm wood screws, screwed directly into the aerated block (Thermalite, Celcon, etc.). If fitting to concrete or brick a 65mm steel screw plugged and bedded in intumescent mastic is recommended. The opposite side of the wall/floor to the Fireplug FPC can then be back filled with sand and cement if required.

Working to a level line, firmly the starter trim to the Timber battens at 600mm centres for white (or 400mm for Coloured) cladding. Vertical battens are fixed and checked Against a plumb line at appropriate centres. The remaining Trims are fixed around the perimeter, corners, joints and openings.
Inspect both limb tips BEFORE drawing the bow to ensure that the string loops are securely fixed around the limb tips. To disassemble the bow, use the same procedure in reverse.

Ash and sycamore may split during felling, causing a slab of trunk to spring back towards the feller. A chain or strong rope should be fixed around the trunk about 1.2m (4') from the ground prior to felling.

Two divers travelled to Shetland last week where they discovered one salmon cage had an anti-predator net fixed around it, made of a nine-inch mesh of single-strand green nylon line - known as 'monofilament'.

Sorry lefties, better luck with your next ginned-up controversy.

Posted by: TallDave at June 20, 2005 02:19 PM (9XE6n)

4 Wow.

Give them all the rope they want, folks. Just stand back and record what happens next.

Few things as satisfying as seeing someone hang themselves in this manner.

Da_Wiz Sends

Posted by: Outlaw_Wizard at June 20, 2005 02:31 PM (surHd)

5 No reasonable person would accept the memos as genuine. Their authenticity has to be established before their contents can even be debated.

By re-typing the 'originals' - from an anonymous source - and then destroying them, the Grauniad reporter rendered them worthless. They might as well be rumors overheard at a bus station.

Posted by: lyle at June 20, 2005 03:11 PM (+79/c)

6 Let's make sure we start with the facts. The story is that the reporter made photocopies of the originals, and returned the originals, then had the photocopies retyped, then destroyed the photocopies.

The decision to have them retyped on an old typewriter, instead of a comoputer is odd, and I've heard no plausible explanation. However, we shouldn't repeat the flase claim that the originals were destroyed.

Posted by: Phil at June 21, 2005 07:36 AM (39DNf)

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