Fair Game is a super movie about the Bush Administrations manipulation of intelligence to justify the Iraq war. Dr. David Kelly was the British counterpart to Valiere Plame, he ended up dead. Do you remember Colin Powell’s presentation to the UN? His key evidence was recording of what sounded like Cheech and Chong, and photos of mobile germ factories. In the role of weapons inspector Kelly had been to Iraq and concluded.
“They are not mobile germ warfare laboratories. You could not use them for making biological weapons. They do not even look like them. They are exactly what the Iraqis said they were - facilities for the production of hydrogen gas to fill balloons.”
Kelly leaked to the BBC and was dead days later, parliament never learned of his skepticism and went to war with Iraq. Without the English there would not have been any coalition of the willing, and likely no war. Furthermore Kelly inferred there might have been a deal with the Iraqi to prevent the war. Due to the circumstances an inquiry into his death was performed by Lord Hutton. Some may conclude he would be a perfect pick to ensure the official conclusion would not be in doubt. It is a great thing that in Canada when we have Official Inquires there is not a pool of Barons and Lords to select from. Lord Hutton found everything was above board and sealed the records for 70 years. There have been numerous attempts to reopen the Inquiry, and it looks like the last one was thwarted today.
Draw your own conclusions, do we live in a society ruled by law, or is it only a veneer, often and easily circumvented by the rich and powerful.
The other major player in this drama, Tony Blair has alledgedly received 27 million British Pounds from the government of Kuwait since his retirement. I did not bother to look up all the consulting fees and sources he has collected, but I understand there may be much, much more
Tenth year anniversary.