Second-Guessing Chilcot, Eagle Eye

Second-Guessing Chilcot

The Independent today publishes an eight-page pull-out called The Iraq Report by my good colleague Andy McSmith, which is billed as an attempt to tell the story that the Chilcot report will tell when it is eventually published.
It is conveniently shorter than the actual Chilcot report, which is a million words with a large number [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 24 January 2015 at 6:34 pm

Iraq’s WMD and the Test of Reasonableness, Eagle Eye

Iraq’s WMD and the Test of Reasonableness

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.
Photo of soldiers from the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 8 July 2014 at 1:48 pm

Iraq, in 560 characters, Eagle Eye

Iraq, in 560 characters

For all the people on Twitter, including George Monbiot, Mehdi Hasan and their followers, who bombard me with what they think are embarrassing questions about Iraq:
1. No, I do not accept that the decision to take military action against Saddam Hussein was a mistake, because no one can know what would have happened had the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 19 June 2014 at 1:04 pm

Impeachment, Eagle Eye


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 [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 18 June 2014 at 8:57 pm

Notes on Iraq, Eagle Eye

Notes on Iraq

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 [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 13 June 2014 at 12:42 pm

Chilcot always said he would publish edited documents, Eagle Eye

Chilcot always said he would publish edited documents

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:
The [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 29 May 2014 at 10:36 pm

George Bush’s “Gists and Quotes”, Eagle Eye

George Bush’s “Gists and Quotes”

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 [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 29 May 2014 at 3:18 pm

Idiot Wind, Eagle Eye

Idiot Wind

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 [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 15 May 2014 at 7:04 pm

Chilcot: I was right, Eagle Eye

Chilcot: I was right

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 [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 30 December 2013 at 1:35 pm

Henry’s got to the bottom of it, at last, Eagle Eye

Henry’s got to the bottom of it, at last

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 [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 17 November 2013 at 9:47 pm

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