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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

Iraq Inquiry Coverage Rebuttal Service, resumed, Eagle Eye

Iraq Inquiry Coverage Rebuttal Service, resumed

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 [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 14 November 2013 at 8:43 pm

Chilcot: more delay, Eagle Eye

Chilcot: more delay

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 [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 7 November 2013 at 8:31 am

No, it would not be “wonderful” if Blair said sorry, Eagle Eye

No, it would not be “wonderful” if Blair said sorry

My friend Stefan Stern repeats the old fantasy of the opponents of the Iraq war on Labour List today: that all Tony Blair has to do is to apologise and all will be right with the world again.

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 9 September 2013 at 11:10 am

The Iraq Inquiry: £7.5m for what?, Eagle Eye

The Iraq Inquiry: £7.5m for what?

The bill for the unnecessary Iraq Inquiry is now nearly £7.5m. It was Gordon Brown’s foolish idea. He thought it would appease the haters but any historian ought to know appeasement never works. As a taxpayer I have paid for a festival for conspiracy theorists and an excuse for an ever more distorted and simplified [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 4 June 2013 at 5:01 pm

Faulty Recall about Iraq, Eagle Eye

Faulty Recall about Iraq

Nick Clegg’s two-faced cynicism was the outstanding part of Iraq war anniversary journalism, but there is plenty more with which to deal.
John Prescott in the Sunday Mirror elaborated on his recent television interview, in which he said that the Iraq war was wrong in hindsight. Although what he said on television was ungrammatical and broke [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 18 March 2013 at 9:21 am

Nick Clegg defends Tony Blair over Iraq, Eagle Eye

Nick Clegg defends Tony Blair over Iraq

Like most reasonable people who disagreed with the invasion of Iraq, Nick Clegg must be embarrassed by the unreasoning haters who have been speaking increasingly on his behalf. Inevitably, he came across one on his phone-in on LBC radio this morning.
Dave from Ladbroke Grove: Nick, good morning it’s about another enquiry, this time it’s the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 14 March 2013 at 2:03 pm

More meat for the piranha tank, Eagle Eye

More meat for the piranha tank

You do wonder. Now Richard Norton-Taylor of the Guardian has pitched in with his version of the 10-year-old non-story copied out of another newspaper:
The long-delayed Chilcot inquiry report will be published without crucial evidence that would reveal what Tony Blair promised President George Bush in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq.
Thus combining two anti-war [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 12 March 2013 at 8:56 pm

Self-rebutting conspiracy theories, Eagle Eye

Self-rebutting conspiracy theories

I am literally astonished at the way anti-war myths about Iraq continue to sustain themselves in the “reporting” and re-reporting of non-stories.

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 12 March 2013 at 11:03 am

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