November 28, 2009

Iraq Inquiry: Britain Danced to American Drums

The Guardian, The Guardian

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Tony Blair has yet to testify before Sir John Chilcot's inquiry into the Iraq war, but he must already be squirming after the first week's evidence. Contrary to expectations, the mandarins have not pulled their oh-so-elegant punches. Freed from obligations of loyalty, they appear to be addressing the fundamental questions. Germany's Angela Merkel and France's Nicolas Sarkozy must be congratulating themselves on their choice of EU president. Had they been blinded by Mr Blair's stardust, the presidency would already have been badly tarnished.

On day one, we learned that British officials picked up the drumbeats from Washington soon after George Bush's election but had dismissed overthrowing the Iraqi leadership because "it had no basis in law". Sir Peter Ricketts, a former...

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