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VERBATIM: UK awaits Chilcot Iraq findings

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The essence of this inquiry is that the committee is impartial. We're independent of government. None of us are politicians. And we haven't set out to criticize individuals or institutions. However, I made very clear right at the start of the inquiry that if we came across decisions or behavior, which deserved criticism, we shouldn't shy away from making it.
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And indeed, there have been more than a few instances where we're bound to do that. The main expectation that I have is that it will not be possible in the future to engage in a military, or indeed, a diplomatic endeavor on such a scale and at such gravity without really careful challenge, analysis, and assessment, and collective political judgment being applied to it.
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There are many lessons in the report, but that probably is the central one for the future.