TIMING IS EVERYTHING….Both the U.S. and Britain plan to investigate what went wrong with prewar intelligence. Here’s the U.S. plan:
Mr. Bush will issue an executive order establishing the group in coming days, but it will not report back until after the November elections and may take a year and a half or more to reach its conclusions, officials said.
In contrast to a bipartisan investigating committee announced by Bush on Monday, the British panel is to announce its conclusions by July. That would put any damaging disclosures for Blair’s government well in advance of parliamentary elections, expected in 2005.
Quite a coincidence, no? But perhaps the best analysis of all comes from this headline in the New Zealand Herald: British and US spies ready to blame each other.
That sounds about right.