This time around, on Iran, the United States will have to be its own poodle
Yes, on Iraq, it turns out that the Brits did their own official inquiry. Fancy that. Richard Smith, filling in for Yves, writes:
[I]t is now a matter of public record that there were attempts to manipulate the intelligence to show a greater threat from Iraq than actually existed. ....
[P]ending a similarly frank and revelatory enquiry in the States, I would recommend judicious scepticism about reports, let’s say, of alarming Iranian nuclear plans. If I understand the import of this enquiry testimony aright, I can’t imagine that supporting British intelligence will feature much in any such reports – the US will have to make its own evidence up next time. A chap can act as a poodle up to a point, but there’s a limit.
Of course you can transfer that scepticism across to anything else the adminstration of the day really, really wants to do. But I think many of you do that already.
From the FT:
So now we know. Iraq posed no real threat prior to the Anglo-American invasion of March 2003. There was no credible intelligence to suggest any link between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden. But what the assault on Iraq did do was proliferate jihadism across the Middle East and incubate Islamist extremism in the UK, leading to the London Tube and bus bombings five years ago and 15 other “substantial plots”.
Now we know? Hmm. Noted commie radical pinko Eliza Manningham-Buller, (I jest), weighs in with what has pretty much been the anti-war protesters’ view all along. FT again:
“Arguably we gave Osama bin Laden his Iraqi jihad,” Eliza Manningham-Buller, former director-general of MI5, the British domestic security service, told the UK war inquiry this week.
[I]t is now a matter of public record that there were attempts to manipulate the intelligence to show a greater threat from Iraq than actually existed.
Of course, the famous hearings into intelligence manipulation in the run-up to the Iraq War that Democratic Senators.... Hearings into the Iraq War.... Democratic Senators.....
Oh, wait, that never happened, did it?
The whole DFH riff is often presented as a discourse issue: The hippies were right on Iraq, and still they are never listened to. And so it is.
But I think the corrosive effect of working in toxic atmosphere where a mountain of lies is piled over a mountain of money is piled over a mountain of dead bodies and a sea of red mist.... Well, what am I thinking. That's business as usual in Versailles, eh? War, finance, health care, everything.
And lots of chaps still acting as poodles, too. There's always a place for poodles!