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Tuesday, September 30, 2003

The Special Relationship

Interesting to hear this this morning. There are moves afoot in the US to set up an independent inquiry into suspicious circumstances surrounding the attempt to discredit someone critical of the government's reasoning for going to war with Iraq.

Sound familiar?

The person in question is Joseph Wilson, the subject of this excellent post by Iain last week, who points to a recent interview with Ambassador Wilson. This morning's BBC report doesn't go into much background detail of Wilson's qualifications to speak out on the subject, so it's well worth reading the full transcript to appreciate the weight of his opinion and why the Whitehouse might be ill-disposed towards him.

If nothing else, the interview boasts one of the best opening remarks of all time from an establishment interviewee, especially one who was until recently a career diplomat:
"Well, I think we're fucked."
Important stuff.

posted by Plig | 12:02 |

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