What the Butler Saw


POSTWAR RECONSTRUCTION: The Butler report detailed numerous intelligence flaws but cleared Blair of any deliberate deception

The top brass of a big organization is charged with gross errors. The bosses circle the wagons until public clamor forces an inquiry by an elder statesman, who confirms the mistakes and many other management lapses but says they were the result of misjudgment rather than malign intent. Should the brass resign? In January, when the organization was the BBC and Lord Hutton concluded it had violated journalistic standards by accusing the government of sexing up the case for war in Iraq, Tony Blair was all for the departure of the BBC's chairman and Director General. Last week, though, he felt...

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