Archive for 'Issues' Category

A National Scandal

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

by Chris Ames Today’s Mirror has an opinion piece by former Labour attorney general Lord Morris demanding that David Cameron should undertake to publish the Inquiry report before next year’s election. In February Morris initiated a House of Lords debate on the issue. Morris says that the government reply to the debate “was one of [...]

No report for another year?

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Monday, April 14, 2014

by Andrew Mason The Independent is this morning reporting that the Iraq Inquiry may not be able to report for another year. The Independent has been told that discussions between the inquiry and the Cabinet Office remain deadlocked, and a year-long stand-off is now unlikely to be resolved before the current parliamentary session ends. Even [...]

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. [...]

Lord Owen on hubris

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Saturday, February 22, 2014

by Andrew Mason An interesting interview with Lord (David) Owen was published just over a week ago on The Conversation website. The main theme is about the effects of power on personality. As a case-in-point he discusses Tony Blair’s susceptibility to what he personally terms to be a “Hubris Syndrome”. Blair and the Iraq disaster [...]

The Lords in Waiting

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Wednesday, February 12, 2014

by Chris Ames Yesterday’s House of Lords debate on the reasons for the delay to the Inquiry threw up some interesting comments, some of them better informed than others. It may have ended with a promise from a government whip that he would try to move things along. The debate was initiated by Lord Morris, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Syria and the question of deployed WMD

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Tuesday, August 27, 2013

by Andrew Mason With outside military action seemingly becoming more likely as a result of the counter-claimed chemical weapons usage by one side or the other in the ongoing Syrian crisis, it is also rapidly becoming more obvious that the lessons to be drawn from the outcome of the Chilcot Inquiry need to learned as [...]

Iraq policy 1990 to 2000 from the US perspective

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Sunday, August 11, 2013

by Andrew Mason Whilst the Iraq Inquiry only has a mandate to examine matters relating to the UK’s involvement in affairs concerning Iraq during the period from the middle of 2001 to the end of July 2009, its final report will include a section to set out the wider context of the British strategy towards [...]

Dark Actors: A Register of Interests

By admin - Last updated: Sunday, July 21, 2013

by Rob Lewis My book, Dark Actors: The Life and Death of David Kelly, was published earlier this month. It met with three early and prominent reviews, from writers who all have held very vocal positions on the matter of Kelly’s death and Iraqi WMD generally. While an author cannot begrudge such a high profile [...]