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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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 [...]
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 [...]
All right, I’ll admit defeat. In debating the Iraq war I can no longer hold the line. I shall have to give up trying to maintain the distinction between the main dossier of September 2002 and the “dodgy” dossier of February 2003.
Some of us who were paying attention at the time and who think that [...]
Hugo Rifkind is very, very good in The Times today (pay wall). He was against the use of force in Iraq in 2003, and went on marches, but he is honest about it:
Most of all, though, I remember the powerful sense, the knowledge, really, that none of it would make any difference. It wasn’t a [...]
Just caught up with Clare Short and John McTernan on BBC2 Newsnight on Friday (starts at 24 minutes in).
Unfortunately, Laura Kuenssberg introduces Short as a Cabinet minister who “resigned in protest at the decision to invade Iraq”. She was a member of the government and voted for military action against Saddam Hussein. She resigned after [...]
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 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 [...]
I did not have time to comment on Boris Johnson’s comments on Iraq on LBC last week (6 May), but my colleague Andy McSmith pointed out the absurdity of Johnson, an MP at the time of the vote on Iraq in 2003, having “voted to send British troops to war on a pretext which he [...]
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