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Passing The Buck

by | 2nd, February 2004

‘NO sooner has Tony Blair emerged with halo intact from the Hutton inquiry, he is facing yet another test of his integrity and all-round good blokeness.

‘Sure it fires water now, but with modifications, it could fire peas and even bits of nuclear material’

The announcement by the Americans yesterday of a full-blown investigation into the failure to find Saddam Hussein’s fabled weapons of mass destruction has left the PM isolated.

And, says the Guardian, although Downing Street is rejecting calls for a similar inquiry over here, it is preparing to make an acknowledgement about the failure to locate WMD.

President Harry Truman famously had a sign on his desk that read: ‘The buck stops here.’

For President Bush and Tony Blair, the buck seems to stop anywhere but – and it appears that it is the intelligence services that will come in for greatest criticism.

David Kay, the head of the Iraq Survey Group who resigned last week, tells the Times that there was a sort of Chinese Whispers within the intelligence services with analysts’ reservations being dropped as data passed higher up the chain of command.

“There are caveats that clearly dropped out, dissenting opinions that clearly dropped out as you moved higher up and people read the headline summaries,” he said.

And in the Guardian, Leader Of The Commons Peter Hain says he saw unequivocal evidence that Iraq had WMD.

“That informed our decision to go and topple him,” he said. “I think we were right in doing so. But let’s wait and see what the

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