Ex MI6/S.I.S. Boss Sir Richard Dearlove - Blows Whistle On Blair-Bush-Co's Illegal Iraq Invasion ...
So, speaking of intelligence, which we so recently were ...
Ex-MI6 boss attacks Iraq policyRead the BBC's very latest, highly relevant report.
Sir Richard was head of MI6 for five years
Government policy was too dependent on intelligence in the run-up to war with Iraq, the former head of MI6 has said.
Speaking in London, Sir Richard Dearlove [who eventually resigned over the Iraq 'rift'], said when the government made its case in Parliament, too much emphasis was put on intelligence.
In reality, there were many other factors contributing to policy decisions, he said.
Then, definitely read the following, from a genuinely well informed 'insider' - none other than Michael Smith, ex Defence Correspondent of the London Daily Telegraph and current correspondent of both the [London] Sunday Times and the New Statesman.
Here's a teaser from today's telling tale written and published online by Mr Smith himself.
The first six [Downing Street Memos] were passed to me in September 2004 when I was the Defence Correspondent of the London Daily Telegraph.Now, you MUST read the rest of Smith's startling story.
The main thrust of this first batch was the deep concern among British officials over the justification for the war and the way in which George W Bush was prepared to invade Iraq without any clear idea of what would happen after the war.
They also show that there was already a very clear plan, initiated by Downing St, to 'wrongfoot' Saddam into giving the allies an excuse for regime change, which the documents clearly stated was illegal under international law.
But more to the point, and regardless of the conditions, Blair had agreed to do something that was illegal under international law, without the knowledge of Parliament or many members of his own cabinet.