An “Error” Made Tony Blair Do It
Key intelligence used to justify
war with Iraq has now been shown to be unreliable,
concludes Lord Butler in the
British government`s report about the misinformation
that caused a pointless war.
Nevertheless says Lord Butler,
there is no one to blame for the thousands of deaths,
the massive destruction, and subsequent creation of a
new generation of terrorists but mere error itself.
No one need resign, says Lord
Butler, despite the massive “intelligence failure”
that caused a gratuitous act of naked aggression.
John Scarlett, who drew up the
dossier containing the intelligence misinformation, has
already been promoted to
head the Secret Intelligence Service.
“Weak sourcing” is used to
explain away the disinformation used to start a war. A
new and untested “source” was used as the basis
for the scary claims.
In short, British intelligence
“did not generally have agents with first hand, inside
knowledge” of Iraq`s capabilities. What they
didn`t know, they pretended to know, but Lord Butler
says he can find no “culpable negligence.”
The British conclusion is a war
based on utter incompetence, but no one was negligent or
to blame. Just those damn errors.
If it hadn`t been for happenstance
errors, Saddam Hussein would have been guilty as
The US Senate`s Select Committee
“the process.” The Brits blame “error.”
The US and the UK are supposed to
be the two greatest democracies, but there is no sign of
political accountability in either.
It looks like the “Great
Democracies” are going to get away with starting a
war without a single valid reason, a war that has killed
and maimed tens of thousands of people and created a
higher level of instability in the Middle East.
And Americans think we are fit to
lead the world.
Paul Craig Roberts is the author with Lawrence M.
The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and
Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name