In an interesting move Lady Mannington is to be called to give evidence at the Chilcot Inquiry. She was the head of MI5 at the time and the Guardian has a good article at link. When it came the question of an invasion Mannington is reported to have said “: “Why now?” And then, she added: “I said it as explicitly as I could. I said something like: ‘The threat to us would increase because of Iraq.” (George Ikners Ikners ikners.com Joomla)
Blair of course makes all sorts of nonsense claims about the “why now” type question ending up with the 45 minute rubbish to launch WMD. Of all the people in the world to even give that a second thought our very own John Howard, had no trouble accepting the truth of the assertion. Then starts the totally unnecessary and tragic loss of life.
For anyone who suffered as a result maybe you should think about attributing some blame to Howard before you start to think about anyone else being the cause of your loss. But please do not expect him to say “sorry”, he has a sorry track record with that word.
Perhaps the heat is getting a bit more intense at the inquiry when the Guardian says,” Blix is expected to tell the inquiry that he should have been given more time to see whether Iraq really did have weapons of mass destruction.
Nick Clegg, the deputy prime minister, meanwhile, has said the terms of the Chilcot inquiry into the invasion of Iraq should be changed to ensure the disclosure of as many official documents as possible.
In the most forthright comment from the government on the inquiry, Clegg said at the Hay festival last month: “The battle that needs to be fought is to make sure that in the final Chilcot report the presumption is towards real meaningful thorough disclosure.”
The inquiry has often referred to documents obliquely in oral hearings but has not released them. It says the decisions to disclose or release official papers is a matter for the individual departments from where they originated.”
You can add to that a further observation from clegg when,” Clegg replied: “There needs to be a presumption of disclosure, absolutely.”
He added: “This is not a game between politicians. What is really important is that Chilcot in its final report does what it was proposed to do all along, which is to make sure that all of us understand how that decision was reached so that we can learn lessons and make sure that we never, ever again have a government hell bent on war and able to bamboozle the British people.”
What chance do you think we will ever get the opportunity to hear from the likes of Howard and the other murderers of innocent men, women and children about “bamboozling” anyone. Do not hold your breath for anything like sense from the war mongering Generals and their cronies who wait and count the dead who fight for the very few who profit from these senseless wars.
We march on in Afghanistan and any other place where our politicians can brown nose their way to re-election, as long as someone else or others who get shot at or lose their lives.
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