Thursday, August 28, 2003

So has anyone else been following the saga of Dr. David Kelly over in Britain? There's an inquiry into the affair going on right now, the Hutton Inquiry. For anyone who hasn't heard of this mess, at one point, the BBC was running a story saying that Tony Blair's government had "sexed up" its intelligence on Iraq, in particular a claim that Iraq could launch an attack within 45 minutes as part of the infamous "dossier" that Tony Blair presented. Of course, belief that intelligence on Iraq was doctored to make Iraq look like a bigger threat than it really was is nothing new, but it was leaked that the BBC's source was a British Ministry of Defence official. Dr. David Kelly, and MoD weapons advisor, was named as the BBC's source, a claim denied by the BBC. He began undergoing questioning by an inquiry board, and not too long after being thrust into the unpleasant spotlight, he was found dead in a field with his wrists slashed.

The Hutton Inquiry once again has Tony Blair in hot water. Like usual, I can't help but feel a little sorry for Tony. Maybe he really is just evil, but the guy is obviously smarter than some world leaders I can name, and he at least puts on a good show that he's helping us in Iraq because he really feels it's the right thing to do. Of course, I'm also convinced that he just wants to ride American coattails to glory, so in the end, whatever happens to him is his fault.

The thing that really pisses me off is that Tony Blair is taking all the heat for this issue alone. Bush, on the other hand, has had to deal with a little media badgering here and there, but hasn't had to put up with as much shit as Mr. Blair. I'm pretty sure that's the case, because I don't read as much British press as American, and it still seems like someone is always riding Tony's ass over Iraq, and probably rightly so. Still, I can't help but be irritated that the guy who seems intelligent and seems to at least partly be doing this for the right reasons is having to share the blame all alone. Meanwhile, our dumbass head of government (I hate referring to Bush as 'President', if you haven't noticed) who is fucking stupid and/or just plain evil isn't having anywhere near as difficult a time as he deserves.

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