By Peter Oborne
The defining calamity of the post-cold struggle era', in Peter Oborne's phrases, happened in 2003. The invasion of Iraq ended in the cave in of the kingdom process within the center East. Iraq is shattered, Syria is simply not placed again jointly back, and Lebanon hasn't functioned as a unified country for a very long time. And the good wave of refugees unleashed through this breakdown is threatening what's left of democracy in Turkey and the very lifestyles of the ecu Union.
Oborne offers a forensic exam of ways proof was once doctored and the legislation manipulated in 2002 and 2003 so that it will justify a struggle for regime swap. the govt bent evidence to slot its decision to hitch the U.S. invasion, Parliament didn't scrutinise proof, the intelligence provider used to be perverted, and the media misplaced its head.
This is a masterly account of the making of a catastrophe, written via a passionate British democrat.
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Actually Iran had no WMD capability in 2002, and still has none. So much for the reliability of Joint Intelligence Assessments. In 2002, Libya and North Korea had chemical weapons but not nuclear weapons. 6 Doves included the chairman of Bush’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, Brent Scowcroft, the former CENTCOM commander, Anthony Zinni, and the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Ike Skelton. com/iraq-warbushs-biggest-blunder-294411. 7 Hansard, House of Commons Debates, 15 June 2009, col 24.
So much for the reliability of Joint Intelligence Assessments. In 2002, Libya and North Korea had chemical weapons but not nuclear weapons. 6 Doves included the chairman of Bush’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, Brent Scowcroft, the former CENTCOM commander, Anthony Zinni, and the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Ike Skelton. com/iraq-warbushs-biggest-blunder-294411. 7 Hansard, House of Commons Debates, 15 June 2009, col 24. 8 For example, lengthy negotiations centred on records of telephone conversations between Mr Blair and President Bush.
When finally compelled to choose between the UN and the US, Blair chose the US. He insisted on Britain actually joining the invasion and the occupation, which transformed Iraq from an al-Qaeda-free zone into an area where al-Qaeda and its progeny flourish. THE CHILCOT INQUIRY AND THE BRITISH ESTABLISHMENT Why and how did Britain get this all so wrong? In 2009 Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced that Sir John Chilcot, a retired civil servant, would chair an inquiry into the Iraq War with a view to learning lessons that could be applied in future conflicts.