Thursday, April 07, 2005

One Step Forward

Great post by John Quiggin over on Crooked Timber on this week's appointment of a President in Iraq and whether it all was worth it or not. Good comment thread too.

I think I agree with what John has to say, although I think another (certainly marginal to the people of Iraq) cost of the war will probably manifest itself over a longer period: that is, the erosion of the strictly demarked relationship between executives in Britain and the US and their intelligence services. The manner in which Bush and Blair fibbed about WMD, based it on doctored intelligence reports and then blamed the intelligence services will, I'm guessing, have some impact, at least in the lifetimes of these administrations.

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