Archive for 'Iraq Planning' Category

Still no wiser about knowing the unknowns

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Sunday, April 13, 2014

by Andrew Mason Most regular readers here will be aware of the recent wider US and international release of documentary maker Errol Morris’ film “The Unknown Known”. This production, filmed in 2013 partly by means of the director’s own ‘Interrotron’ projection technique, is largely an extended interview with former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. [...]

Blair – I would preferred to have gone…

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Wednesday, May 29, 2013

by Andrew Mason The BBC will be screening the first episode of their new documentary series ‘The Iraq War’ at 21:00BST tonight (Wednesday 29 May 2013). From their preview page: Former British prime minister Tony Blair has told a BBC programme about the Iraq war that he would rather have quit as prime minister than [...]

War planning wholly irresponsible, say senior military figures

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Sunday, March 17, 2013

by Chris Ames The Guardian again steps into the vacuum left be the absence of a report from the Inquiry as the 10th anniversary approaches. As part of the paper’s Iraq war: 10 years on strand, my collegue Richard Norton-Taylor reports that: The way Britain was led into war with Iraq 10 years ago was [...]

Major new questions for Blair

By admin - Last updated: Sunday, March 10, 2013

by Chris Ames The Sunday Telegraph has put together three different angles for its lead story today Iraq War: major new questions for Tony Blair. But how much of this is new? A lot of it seems like familiar ground to those people who have followed what the Inquiry has thrown up and what has [...]

Forthcoming event – the dossier 10 years on

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Saturday, September 8, 2012

by Andrew Mason The University of Westminster (in conjunction with the Media Society and Biteback Publishing) will be hosting a debate about the continuing and serious fallout that the publication of the notorious September 2002 dossier on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction and the following ‘dodgy’ February 2003 paper on Iraq’s infrastructure of concealment, deception [...]

CIA ‘mea culpa’ published

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Friday, September 7, 2012

by Andrew Mason Washington, DC, September 5, 2012 – The online magazine ForeignPolicy.com today published an extraordinary CIA document on the recent Iraq war which the National Security Archive obtained through a Mandatory Declassification Review (MDR) request to the CIA. The document, “Misreading Intentions: Iraq’s Reaction to Inspection Created Picture of Deception,” dated January 5, [...]

New moves towards Australian Iraq inquiry

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Friday, August 17, 2012

by Andrew Mason A group of leading Australians have now started a campaign to gain a full inquiry into their country’s participation in the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Their reasoning for this move has been set out in a newly published booklet – Why Did We Go to War in Iraq? A call for an [...]

Countdown to Iraq

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Monday, June 4, 2012

by Andrew Mason Alastair Campbell is scheduled to release Volume Four of his diaries on 20 June. This further edition, entitled ‘The Burden of Power: Countdown to Iraq’, is the final planned part of his series, although this new volume apparently indicates that he continued to keep a diary beyond 2003, the entries from which may [...]

My pick for the end of the (war) year

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Wednesday, December 28, 2011

by Andrew Mason Never Forget the Iraq War Paul R. Pillar was the CIA’s national intelligence officer for the Near East and South Asia from 2000 to 2005. In early 2006 he became publicly critical of the Bush Administration’s political use of intelligence material to evidently justify the March 2003 invasion of Iraq. He wrote [...]

Blair and regime change

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Thursday, July 28, 2011

by Brian Jones From declassified documents released in May, it has become clear that, in early 2002, Tony Blair’s overriding wish was to use Iraq as the next step in the application of the political philosophy of “liberal intervention” to which he had become wedded in his first term of office. This was made plain [...]