Iraq inquiry, what a farce

What is Brown so scared of? The truth.

Once again the government is trying to bury any news which might make it look bad. Brown has today announced that the inquiry into the Iraq deployment will be conducted behind closed doors. The cost of the war in Iraq has been huge, both in terms of lives lost and money spent, the decisions which took us to war need to be investigated and that investigation needs to be in the open.
I’m not so naive to think that everything can be discussed in public but I feel that this (as with all government) should be as open as possible.
The justification for going to war given by Tony Blair at the time has now been shown to have been wrong, we need to know whether it was an inadvertent error of if the was “economical with the truth“.

10 responses to “Iraq inquiry, what a farce

  1. Blair was lying, James. I have no doubt that the information given to the government was accurate and that the Labour government took the deliberate decision to “sex up” the dossier in order to make the war more palatable.

    The fact is though, it didn't need sexing up, as Saddam Hussein was a Weapon of Mass Destruction himself. His removal was necessary.

    Instead of focusing solely on the Iraq War, I believe that we should have an inquiry into the entire last 12 years of Labour spin, lies and nepotism.

  2. Blair was lying, James. I have no doubt that the information given to the government was accurate and that the Labour government took the deliberate decision to “sex up” the dossier in order to make the war more palatable.

    The fact is though, it didn't need sexing up, as Saddam Hussein was a Weapon of Mass Destruction himself. His removal was necessary.

    Instead of focusing solely on the Iraq War, I believe that we should have an inquiry into the entire last 12 years of Labour spin, lies and nepotism.

  3. The public enquiry should have started years ago but I do not believe a fair public inquiry can take place during an election campaign, it will simply become a political fight.

    We have waited long enough and can now wait until after the general election – although I would not object to bringing the election forward by a few months so that the inquiry can take place sooner rather than later.

    We do not need an inquiry behind closed doors, where people only hear what the government wants us to hear (as they did with the dossier in the first place). Nor do we need a public inquiry that is more about an political campaigning than about the truth.

  4. The public enquiry should have started years ago but I do not believe a fair public inquiry can take place during an election campaign, it will simply become a political fight.

    We have waited long enough and can now wait until after the general election – although I would not object to bringing the election forward by a few months so that the inquiry can take place sooner rather than later.

    We do not need an inquiry behind closed doors, where people only hear what the government wants us to hear (as they did with the dossier in the first place). Nor do we need a public inquiry that is more about an political campaigning than about the truth.

  5. Silly, very silly and a move that will only endanger British and American Service Personnel and encourage terrorists to attempt to carry out a high profile atrocity in mainland Britain.

    As I've said before, these constant calls for enquiries everytime there's anything even vaguely contentious simply play into the hands of our enemies (and the lawyers, who get rich at the taxpayers expense).

    United we stand, divided we fall. Any enquiry will simply reveal what we already know – that this is a sleazy, dishonest government who constantly lie and spin and who wouldn't know what the truth was even if it bit them on the a*se. Why do we need to spend millions of pounds to tell us something we already know?

    The fallout from any enquiry will be horrendous – it won't bring about the resignation of the government or the prosecution of any individual involved in the matter, as you only have to look at the fact that Peter Mandelson is still part of the government to show you that there's no honour or dignity with this bunch of crooks. What will happen is that our enemies will feel 'empowered' again, and our soldiers out on the front line will bear the brunt of their renewed vigour. The consequences could be catastrophic.

    This government's on borrowed time already – in another 12 months the new Conservative government will be able to release the relevant paperwork into the public domain and we will all be able to learn the truth – without all of the cost or hullabaloo of a 'show inquiry'.

    David Cameron and the Conservatives should be aiming their firepower at the Labour Government and their inability to run this country, not chambering rounds into Al Qaedas weapons for them.

  6. Silly, very silly and a move that will only endanger British and American Service Personnel and encourage terrorists to attempt to carry out a high profile atrocity in mainland Britain.

    As I've said before, these constant calls for enquiries everytime there's anything even vaguely contentious simply play into the hands of our enemies (and the lawyers, who get rich at the taxpayers expense).

    United we stand, divided we fall. Any enquiry will simply reveal what we already know – that this is a sleazy, dishonest government who constantly lie and spin and who wouldn't know what the truth was even if it bit them on the a*se. Why do we need to spend millions of pounds to tell us something we already know?

    The fallout from any enquiry will be horrendous – it won't bring about the resignation of the government or the prosecution of any individual involved in the matter, as you only have to look at the fact that Peter Mandelson is still part of the government to show you that there's no honour or dignity with this bunch of crooks. What will happen is that our enemies will feel 'empowered' again, and our soldiers out on the front line will bear the brunt of their renewed vigour. The consequences could be catastrophic.

    This government's on borrowed time already – in another 12 months the new Conservative government will be able to release the relevant paperwork into the public domain and we will all be able to learn the truth – without all of the cost or hullabaloo of a 'show inquiry'.

    David Cameron and the Conservatives should be aiming their firepower at the Labour Government and their inability to run this country, not chambering rounds into Al Qaedas weapons for them.

  7. Except every last soul who has involvement will need lawyers, it'll take decades and waste millions. Ref the “Bloody Sunday” enquiry

  8. Except every last soul who has involvement will need lawyers, it'll take decades and waste millions. Ref the “Bloody Sunday” enquiry

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