Archive for 'Evidence' Category

The Straw paradox and the straw man

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Wednesday, February 25, 2015

by Chris Ames Former Foreign Office director of communications (and therefore press secretary to Jack Straw) John Williams was at the heart of efforts to persuade parliament, Britain and the wider world that it was necessary to take military action against Saddam Hussien to tackle the issue of weapons of mass destruction. Williams has been […]

Might we get there in the end?

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Tuesday, January 27, 2015

by Chris Ames The Guardian’s Richard Norton-Taylor has posted a blog piece pointing out that the arguments over what the Inquiry could publish – and therefore the delay – were of John Chilcot’s making in the first place. The trouble is Chilcot, a former Whitehall mandarin himself (and member of the Butler review on the […]

Call for Chilcot to release Iraq documents ‘immediately’

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Saturday, January 24, 2015

by Chris Ames In the Observer, Jamie Doward and I report that: Senior politicians have called for the immediate publication of all documents cleared for release by the Iraq war inquiry. With the report not being released until after the election, the issue now is why the Inquiry is insisting on holding back in the […]

More on Tony Blair’s ‘untruths’

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Sunday, June 22, 2014

by Andrew Mason In a letter to the Observer published yesterday, John Morrison wrote: You quoted Tony Blair last week as saying: “What we now know from Syria is that Assad, without any detection from the west, was manufacturing chemical weapons. We only discovered this when he used them.” He (Blair) adds: “We also know, […]

Has Chilcot lost his credibility?

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Thursday, May 29, 2014

by Chris Ames Reading between the lines of  John Chilcot’s expression of “pleasure” that an “agreement” has been reached over the disclosure of the most controversial material, it seems that Chilcot himself gave quite a lot of ground some time back and the Cabinet Office has finally accepted his compromise offer. Chilcot records in his […]

US loses key Blair letter

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Sunday, May 18, 2014

by Andrew Mason The Mail Online and the Independent are reporting that an otherwise unknown UK-based FOI requester has told the Mail that a ‘critical’ letter from Tony Blair to George Bush, previously reported to have contained the words “You know, George, whatever you decide to do, I’m with you”, has been lost by US […]

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. […]

The US five-year rule

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Monday, January 20, 2014

by Andrew Mason Today is the fifth anniversary of US President Barack Obama first taking the oath of office to assume ultimate responsibility for the well-being of his nation – put another way it is also exactly five years since the end of George W. Bush’s presidential administration. This means that it is now possible […]

Is Heywood to blame – or Chilcot?

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The BBC follows the Mail and Times in reporting that The UK’s top civil servant should no longer have responsibility for deciding which documents sought by the Iraq Inquiry should be declassified, a former foreign secretary has said. Lord Owen said Sir Jeremy Heywood should not be the final “arbiter” because he worked closely with […]

Obama’s own smokeless gun?

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Tuesday, September 3, 2013

by Andrew Mason With three new ‘dossiers’ on Syrian WMD capabilities now published, all saying much the same thing and none providing any hard evidence of Bashar al-Assad’s direct involvement in the August 21 chemical incidents in the Ghouta district of Damascus, it is probably worth revisiting one particular previous US claim about the existence […]