The inimitable digby hits the bullseye again:
... if the US did something like this:
Tony Blair is more of a 6am man than a 3am one, says an aide in response to claims that he has been burning the midnight oil in preparation for his grilling by the Chilcot inquiry tomorrow.
He has not been abandoning all other business to prepare for the inquiry. He was in Paris on Tuesday for a meeting of the quartet on the future of the Middle East, and it was announced this week that he would take up a lucrative post on the board of a hedge fund, Lansdowne Partners.
But Blair has been working hard to prepare himself for his six-hour session, refamiliarising himself with the documents and reading digests of the evidence given by previous witnesses.
He knows that even though he has been asked many of the questions likely to be posed today innumerable times, this represents his last chance to justify the war. He made a long speech in his Sedgefield constituency in March 2004 defending the invasion once it was clear no weapons of mass destruction would be found. But he feels tomorrow's hearing, probably more than the report's ultimate findings, will shape the judgment of history.
Our former president, his partner in perfidy, has no such worries. The Republicans are busily working on their airbrushing of history and there will be no official inquiries here. That would be looking in the rear view mirror. His biggest worry this month was whether or not to wear a blue tie for his speech to the Safari Club International Annual Hunters’ Convention. The invitation actually says: "His intellect and humor will make this a night to remember and share for years and years."
Truth be told, if a choice had to made about who to put in the dock, I'd pick Richard Bruce Cheney for the dishonor and let Mister Bush keep raking in the speaking cash and awards. But, of course, Cheney won't be testifying at any inquiry either, because holding anybody above the rank of lieutenant responsible for the crimes committed by the previous administration would be just too traumatic for the nation. And while the likelihood of another Bush rising into a high post is low, Liz Cheney, who also spoke at the Safari Club International's convention last weekend, might well bring the family DNA back into government service in the not-so-distant future.