Winning The Battle, Losing The War

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GRIM-FACED Blair leaves Downing Street to give evidence before the inquiry into the death of Dr. David Kelly

When Tony Blair's motorcade swept into the Royal Courts of Justice last Thursday morning, he knew he faced a more searing spotlight than any he'd stared down before. The Hutton Inquiry into the apparent suicide of biochemical-weapons expert David Kelly — and the government's alleged dissembling on the road to war — had already transfixed Britain for more than two weeks, and the Prime Minister's testimony was bound to be its climax. Clusters of antiwar protesters were ready with jeers, Pinocchio-style noses and placards reading weapon of mass destruction: b.liar. Blair emerged into that maelstrom from a black Range Rover wearing...

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