Making the case for the Iraq war. Again.
Once more into the breach. Just for the sake of completeness, you understand. No one is going to change their mind. No one has changed their mind on Iraq since Johann Hari in about 2005. But I have started the Iraq Inquiry Coverage Rebuttal Service, so I’ll finish.
A little flurry of excitement among the LBLM&C (London-Based Liberal Media & Culterati) today about new documents released by the Iraq Inquiry. Which, of course, prove What Everybody Knows. My friend Richard Norton-Taylor at The Guardian reports:
A top military intelligence official [Major General Michael Laurie CBE, right] has said the discredited dossier on Iraq’s weapons programme was drawn up “to make the case for war”.
This is one of those wonderful sentences that beg its premise. If you think, as I do, that there was a case for military action against Saddam Hussein’s regime, then an intelligence dossier setting out the evidence dispassionately would indeed help to “make the case for war”.
If you do not, as the LBLM&C does not, then “making the case for war” is a propaganda exercise based on exaggeration.
The one thing the dossier is not, however, is discredited. The Hutton report concluded that the central charges against it of “sexing up” were unfounded, and the Butler report found that there were weaknesses in it and errors of judgement in the way it was compiled, but not that the motives of those who produced it could be faulted.Tagged in: chilcot, iraq inquiry
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