The New York Times (Iraq Illicit Arms Gone Before War, Departing Inspector States) leads today on the resignation of David Kay, the man who led the US effort to find WMD in Iraq. Interviewed by Reuters, Kay said he’d concluded that Iraq had no stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons at the start of the war last year, and that while Iraq may have had illicit weapons at the end of the 1991 Persian Gulf war, a combination of United Nations inspections and Iraq’s own decisions since, “got rid of them”. This is obviously an embarrassment to President Bush, but what impact (if any) will it have on his re-election prospects?
When the Brits complain about the weather (a national pastime) many people make reference to the glorious summer of 1976, the bench mark to which all decent summers must be compared. There were 15 consecutive days of temperatures above 32 degrees in this particular year, with a top temp of 35.9 degrees. Yesterday this paled into insignificance in the UK as the highest temperature ever was recorded at Gravesend, Kent, a sweltering 38.1 degrees.
In a rare solo press conference, George W. has finally taken full responsibility for the content of his State of the Union speech. (Click on the taking the blame over uranium link to watch it in RealPlayer on BBC). Interestingly, as Tim Dunlop muses, he can do this now the heat has gone out of the debate. Nice one Dubya!