Friday, July 31, 2009
Brits Launch Iraq Inquiry - Yanks Should Too
British troops in Iraq
It's pretty obvious the British government followed the U.S. lead into the Iraq war. Now, many people in the United States no doubt are wishing the United States would follow the UK and launch an inquiry into the war in Iraq.
Many of the same questions that are expected to be raised by the British panel need to be answered here as well. What was the source of the intelligence that led the world to believe that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction? What did the government really know about that claim? Was it really duped into believing something that turned out to be - with tragic results - untrue? Or was it the intel planted to justify an Iraq invasion that was prompted by other reasons?
The British inquiry will also look at the conduct of its troops in country. If for no other reason that purposes of national reconciliation, a similar look at U.S. military conduct should be conducted as well. Most of us are confident that such an investigation would conclude that, with rare exception, the U.S. troops have - and are continuing - to act in exemplary fashion.
As for those who would try members of the Bush administration for alleged war crimes - I leave that issue for another day. But an inquiry, based on one that's being conducted in Britain, would go a long way toward helping form a consensus - one way or another - about that as well.
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