by Chris Ames
The Iraq Inquiry website, which houses many documents to which this site links, is no longer available in its previous form but carries the following statement:
As planned, this website has been suspended to allow the Inquiry to make the final preparations necessary for publication of The Report of the Iraq Inquiry on 6 July.
The updated website containing the Inquiry’s report and supporting documents will go live once Sir John Chilcot has finished his public statement on 6 July.
It is being reported that Sir John Chilcot will give his statement at 11am.
It’s important to remember that alongside the statement will be a great deal of previously unpublished evidence.
Finally, what will Chilcot say? My view is that it is inevitable that the report will conclude that Britain’s involvement in Iraq was a catastrophically bad idea, even without inadequate planning for the aftermath and inept handling of the occupation, was sold under a false premise, and happened because Tony Blair promised early on to support George Bush in seeking regime change, with WMD as a pretext.
How far it will go in saying that Blair lied (or misled people) as to his intentions and the strength of the intelligence remains to be seen, but establishment inquiries do have a habit of assuming that everyone acted in good faith, doing their best in a difficult situation etc, etc.
Any other predictions?