Tuesday, February 03, 2004

Tony Blair has now joined President Bush in calling for an inquiry into the intelligence on Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction.

After months of denials and dissembling, London and Washington are now firmly on the back foot. They're finally admitting that they went to war on the basis of duff information -- although they're setting up the intelligence agencies to take the fall for their mistakes.

One might think the CIA's monumental failures over Iraq's WMDs and September 11th would jeopardize the position of CIA Director George Tenet. But perhaps not. Tenet has close ties with President Bush, good relations with both political parties and the broad loyalty of his staff. He may yet survive.

Meanwhile, in a startling admission, Colin Powell has conceded that he doesn't know whether he would have backed the Iraq war if he'd known last year that Saddam Hussein had no stockpiles of WMDs.


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