When the Downing Street Memos surfaced earlier this year, most of the mainstream media shrugged off the suggestion that how or why we went to war in Iraq was worth discussing. That’s old news, they told us. George W. Bush doesn’t think so, delivering a scathing speech on Veteran’s Day attacking his critics and making some familiar charges about what everyone knew about Iraq’s WMDs. So how’s the press doing this time around? We’ll ask former CIA analyst Mel Goodman.
Also this week: An Italian television documentary charges that the US military used an incendiary chemical called white phosphorous against civilians in the November 2004 siege of Falluja. The Pentagon at first denied they’d used the substance as a weapon; then they said they had, but only against insurgents. So we know why we shouldn’t believe them on the story, but who can we believe, and why is it so important? We’ll hear from Guardian columnist and author George Monbiot on that story.