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Hutton and ButlerLifting the Lid on the Workings of Power$
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W. G. Runciman

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263297

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263297.001.0001

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What We Know Now

What We Know Now

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Hutton and Butler

W. G. Runciman

British Academy

This chapter discusses the information provided by the Hutton Report and the Butler Report concerning the bases of the British government's decision to join the U.S. in overturning Saddam Hussein for his alleged possession of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). It suggests that nothing revealed in the reports could bring an agreement to whether British Prime Minister Tony Blair was right in his decision, but those who have read the reports could surely conclude that the government, the intelligence services, and the BBC fell short of what have been expected of them at a time when Britain was on the brink of being taken into a war. It discusses the similarities between the Iraq War and the Suez Canal conflict.

Keywords:   Hutton Report, Butler Report, Saddam Hussein, weapons of mass destruction, Tony Blair, U.S., intelligence service, BBC, Iraq War, Suez Canal conflict

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