The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Tuesday, February 03, 2004
The Iraqi WMD intelligence inquiry - Moron Mike Mates is on the squad
Call it the Denim Inquiry - for the prime minister who doesn't have to try too hard.
The value of the Hutton Inquiry was the evidence it took. (Though the Report was an almost complete nullification as far as HMG was concerned, the evidence remains.)
The WMD inquiry under former head civil servant Lord Butler will, no doubt, render conclusions congenial to Blair - this time, with a modicum of credibility. But there will be no evidence disclosed to the Great Unwashed - except that excerpted in the Butler Report, and not redacted for security reasons.
And, as a token of the designed-in futility of the exercise, there will be Michael Mates, Lt-Col  Mates as he once was, to give the benefit of his expertise.
Mates it was, as a member of the parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee - which looked at, and issued a report on, Iraqi WMD intelligence - who made the supremely asinine comment  at the related press briefing that there there was no such thing as
sexing up by omission
Ninth Beatitude applies, I think.
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