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Valerie Hill: Just how probing will questions on Iraq war be?

Byline: Valerie Hill

AFTER the risible Hutton Inquiry, we have more unpalatable Iraqi war fall- out. Meekly following President Bush's example, Tony Blair will launch another inquiry, this time about the Iraqi weapons of mass destruction (as in absence of) that he so keenly waged war for. The inquiry will be headed by Lord Butler.

Should we be worried? At the 1994 Scott Inquiry about exporting arms to Iraq, civil servant Lord Butler justified dissembling ministers with excuses such as: ``It was an accurate but incomplete answer. The purpose was to give an answer which in itself was true. It didn't give a full picture. It was half an answer. Half the picture can be true.''

And so on. He makes the tortured double-talk of Yes Minister's fictionalSir Humphrey Appleton seem like the model of clarity.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 6, 2004
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