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Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Some choice cuts from the Chilcut inquiry

This from Sir Peter Ricketts , former head of the JIC and now head of the Diplomatic service as reported by the BBC:

Asked about the threat posed by Iraq in early 2001, Sir Peter Ricketts, who was the then chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee - which oversees MI5, MI6 and GCHQ - said it was palpable.

Sir Peter, now Head of the Diplomatic Service, said there was a "clear impression" that Saddam had a "continuing intention" to acquire weapons of mass destruction, having used them in the past.

Despite there being no evidence of a direct link between al-Qaeda and Iraq, Sir Peter said there was a "tone of voice" in Washington after 9/11 that there would be "major implications" for Iraq if that was the case.

Oh, so that's alright then. Giving a clear impression of a continuing intention to acquire weapons of mass destruction is now grounds attacking a foreign country, even if that perceived intention is the perception of the country waging war? Military intelligence is, yet again, an oxymoron.

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