Ashley comments on the each of the three “coalition” member’s takes of the fact there were (and are) no weapons.
Howard’s inquiry into Australia’s intelligence community rings very hollow, when we all know that Andrew Wilkie, a senior member of the Government’s Office of National Assessments, resigned over the matter. This is what he said at the time:
“In essence, Catherine, I think that invading Iraq at this time would be wrong. For a start, Iraq does not pose a security threat to any other country at this point in time. Its military is very weak, it’s a fraction of the size of the military at the time of the invasion of Kuwait. Its weapons of mass destruction program is very disjointed and contained by the regime that’s been in place since the last Gulf War. And there is no hard intelligence linking the Iraqi regime to al-Qaeda in any substantial or worrisome way.”
To claim, in Australia’s case anyway, that the intelligence community is at fault is a farce.