From the BBC:
The investigation, looking at the whole period from 2001 to 2009, is
expected to last months, with a report not out until after the next
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair will be among the future witnesses.
Tuesday’s session looks at UK foreign policy towards Iraq in the lead-up to the war, which began in 2003.
The Iraq inquiry will begin with a statement from its chairman, Sir John Chilcot.
will then hear from figures including Sir Peter Ricketts, who was the
chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) – which oversees
MI5, MI6 and GCHQ – from 2000 to 2001.
Others giving evidence
are former senior Ministry of Defence official Simon Webb and
ex-Foreign Office officials Sir Michael Wood and Sir William Patey.
Any government authorized inquiry into its own criminal behavior is bound to be limited in its scope. While it sounds good on paper, the Iraq War inquiry being launched in the U.K is another smoke screen designed to nit pick at technical faults the government made during the lead up to war in 2003, and avoid the glaringly obvious fact that it illegally invaded a sovereign nation and caused untold death and destruction.
It is at least an acknowledgment that there is deep contempt for the Labour Party led war, and the government is responding to popular anger in a way that superficially has the potential for repercussion. Some heads may roll, but Tony Blair, Alistair Campbell, Jack Straw and the other criminals responsible for selling the public a fake war at the top level of government will go untouched.
And that is why it is bullshit.
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