Gordon Brown will possible be aware by now of the headline in the Independent this morning - 'Generals go to war over Iraq inquiry.'
Military and intelligence officer have condemned Gordon Brown's decision to hold the Iraq war inquiry in secret, warning that it looks like a cover-up. Military leaders, who have lost 179 personnel in Iraq, want their actions judged by the public and intelligence officials say that politicians' manipulation of intelligence should be thoroughly examined.
General Sir Mike Jackson, head of the Army during the Iraq invasion, said, "I would have no problems at all in giving my evidence in public. I do not see why it could not have gone for a halfway house with sessions in public and having private hearings when it comes to intelligence. And they do have to look at the intelligence that Blair used in the run-up to the war... which in the end turned out to be fool's gold".
Air Marshall Sit John Walker, the former head of Defence Intelligence said, "There is only one reason that the inquiry is being heard in private and that is to protect past and present members of this Government. There are 179 reasons why the military want the truth to be out on what happened over Iraq."
These respected men haven't minced their words. They know 179 families need some form of closure and to allocate blame. The families, plus those of the injured deserve nothing less and it's good to see their superiors putting up a strong fight for transparency and openness.