Cross-post by Mugwump.
This 9,000-word article looks at why intelligence services around the world were so sure that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction in 2003. I re-post it here because it is an impressive piece of work, bringing together evidence from a wide range of sources.
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I was going to explain why Sir Peter Tapsell, the longest-serving MP, had shown that neither length of service nor a grand manner is a guarantee of good sense. He asked David Cameron at Prime Minister’s Questions:
Is he aware of the growing sentiment that, as the publication of the Chilcot report is being so long [...]
Quite hard to keep up with the strangeness of views about Iraq, but let me note three things.
1. The advance of Islamist militia from Syria to Mosul is a disaster. To the extent that it was made possible by the US-led invasion of Iraq 11 years ago, it counts against that decision. But anyone who [...]
I have not yet seen the derangement that will afflict the press tomorrow, but have now found the source for my third point about the Chilcot inquiry. Far from today’s announcement being a change imposed on the Committee, Sir John made it clear that he would be publishing “gists” in his update of July 2012:
I have resisted so far getting the Rebuttal Service logo out of storage, but now that Sir John Chilcot, the Inquiry chairman, has finally said something, I, like he, can delay no longer. Sir John has just published a letter of agreement between him and Sir Jeremy Heywood, the Cabinet Secretary, about the “principles that [...]
I see that Norman Lamont, a once serious politician, has joined the idiot cry of “Blair to The Hague”.
He has written an article for the Daily Mail, most of which rehearses his arguments against the International Criminal Court and how this week’s announcement of a preliminary examination of British abuses in Iraq confirms that he [...]
Prepare for the slow landslip of garbage as the Iraq Inquiry All-The-Cake-You-Can-Have-And-Eat Machine prepares to exgurgitate. I said two years ago that Chilcot might report in 2014, so today’s stories in The Independent, Daily Mail and Guardian luckily prove that everything I thought before is right, just as they also prove that the antis were [...]
Being open-minded and all, I’ll read anyone occasionally, no matter how much I have disagreed with them in the past. Thus Henry Porter in today’s Observer. Still, this part was interesting:
Could it be that Blair and the civil servants who oversaw the preparations for war always knew that the excuse of preserving the confidentiality of [...]
I have a comment at Independent Voices responding to today’s front-page lead story in The Independent, which looks good, by the way.
Once again I gently remind people that Tony Blair could not have “committed” the UK to military action before the decision of the Cabinet and the vote in Parliament. Nor was his support for [...]
I have no idea what is going on with the Chilcot inquiry, which now seems deadlocked in dispute with Sir Jeremy Heywood, the Cabinet Secretary, who, with the support of the Prime Minister, refuses to allow it to publish Cabinet minutes and notes and transcripts of phone calls between Tony Blair and George Bush.
Heywood is [...]
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