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Tilting at Windmills

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July 14, 2004
By: Kevin Drum

A TIME FOR HEALING....Over in London, Lord Butler has released yet another investigation of prewar Iraq intelligence, and he comes to the following conclusions:

  • British intelligence reports were "seriously flawed."

  • The 45-minute claim went to the "outer limits" of the available intelligence i.e., it was wrong.

  • There was not, it turns out, even enough evidence to justify claims that Iraq was in breach of United Nations resolutions, let alone anything more.

  • Tony Blair was one among several people who fooled the public into thinking the evidence was considerably stronger than it really was.

But hey that was all in the past! There was no "deliberate distortion," perish the thought, and neither Blair nor incoming intelligence chief John Scarlett, who was responsible for much of the reporting, should be held accountable. They've learned their lesson, right?

Sheesh.

Kevin Drum 11:34 AM Permalink | Trackbacks

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