Brown tries to deflect attention from Labour’s crap result

Labour suffer their worst election result for a century, and what does Gordon Brown do? He launches an inquiry into the Iraq War:

Prime Minister Gordon Brown is poised to announce details of a long-awaited inquiry into the Iraq War and its consequences, The Sunday Telegraph has learned.

The government has previously been accused of dragging its feet over an inquiry, with ministers claiming that nothing could happen until after the withdrawal of all British combat troops from Iraq, which must take place by July 31.

MPs had been expecting the announcement of the inquiry in the autumn, possibly during Labour’s annual conference, but it is understood that Mr Brown’s political travails have seen timings brought forward.

The inquiry’s verdict – which could be potentially politically damaging for Tony Blair, Mr Brown and other senior Labour figures – would still almost certainly not be known until after the next general election, which must be held by early June 2010.

This is yesterday’s news. There was a lot of anger about the Iraq War but it’s all in the past now — times have moved on and it’s no longer of concern to the British public. The Iraq War is irrelevant. For Brown to launch an inquiry now makes it look that he is either terminally out of touch, or incompetently trying to distact attecntion away from Labour’s crap performance in the European election.

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4 Responses to Brown tries to deflect attention from Labour’s crap result

  1. While not disagreeing with the premise that Iraq is now yesterday’s news, don’t you at least think that we should investigate how we made such a spectacular mess of things in the first place? Moreover, how so many people died in a pointless cause? And why we were not better prepared for the post-war occupation and a potential insurgency?

    I think that these are all still very relevant questions that need answers, if only so we never repeat the dreadful blunders that were made. My big worry would be that the inquiry is likely to be a complete whitewash, but that’s another story.

    • cabalamat says:

      don’t you at least think that we should investigate how we made such a spectacular mess of things in the first place?

      Depends what you mean. If you mean why did Britain go to war on false intelligence, the result of that is already known — it’s because Blair wanted to.

      If you’re asking about whether operational mistakes were made during the occupation of southern Iraq, that’s surely more for the military to ask about rather than at the political level?

      • “If you’re asking about whether operational mistakes were made during the occupation of southern Iraq, that’s surely more for the military to ask about rather than at the political level?”

        I wouldn’t necessarily agree with you – because my understanding is that many of the mistakes arose from shortage of funds/misallocation of resources/over-heavy political control of operations. And that’s certainly political rather than military. At any rate, those are charges that should be investigated at a political level.

        Also, yes we already know Blair took us to war on false intelligence because he wanted to – but we still have no very convincing answer as to why he wanted to (oil/to lick Bush’s butt/because he was off his head not being to my mind convincing reasons). The only snag with investigating that is it seems unlikely that dear old Tony would ever give us a straight answer.

        • cabalamat says:

          I wouldn’t necessarily agree with you – because my understanding is that many of the mistakes arose from shortage of funds/misallocation of resources/over-heavy political control of operations. And that’s certainly political rather than military. At any rate, those are charges that should be investigated at a political level.

          That’s a good point.

          The only snag with investigating that is it seems unlikely that dear old Tony would ever give us a straight answer.

          Telling the truth isn’t exactly Tone’s strong point :-)

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