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January 21, 2011 1 Comment

Iraq and Tony Blair – the gift of hindsight

As I write the stenographers and checkers are still grappling with the transcript of today’s marathon session (which, when completed, will appear here). But surely one of the most-repeated words both in Tony Blair’s questioning and in his replies was ‘hindsight.’

With the benefit of hindsight. Speaking in hindsight. Would one change that in hindsight?

That same hindsight should have prepared Inquiry-watchers not to expect any truly dramatic twists or turns today. Mr.Blair has had not just one previous witness session but almost eight years to confirm for himself why (in his mind at the very least) the actions that he and President Bush embarked on were the right ones.

One by one the trapdoors apparently primed by recent Inquiry disclosures (such as this one) failed to fly open. (more…)

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