Nice to see that Tony Blair and George Bush are united, as they were in invading Iraq, in ‘wanting to know the facts’ about WMD. Both are pretty regular kinda guys, and both are clearly upset that the intelligence services seem to have misled them so badly.
So it now looks as though we’re going to have a round of inquiries that will make the British and US intelligence services almost as loose with the truth as the BBC. As the Prime Minister’s spokesman put it this morning:
“What’s different between last week and this is that the Hutton report, like the Commons foreign affairs committee report and like the intelligence and security committee report, has cleared the government of allegations of having politically interfered with, falsified or hyped the intelligence on WMD.”
Admit it; you missed the bit where Hutton proved that Number 10 hadn’t hyped the threat of WMD before the war, didn’t you? Not to mention all of those confident statements that we would find WMD made after May 2003, when the Americans had already concluded that there weren’t any WMD after all.