Harris believed blindly - often against the evidence - that 'barnyard bombing' could contribute to victory. Why couldn't he cow German civilians as he had cowed Iraqi tribesmen with aerial bombing? He encouraged his crews to think they were bombing industrial targets.
Of course Churchill and the War Cabinet knew what he was doing - and supported him - although Harris's own boss, Air Chief Marshal Portal, had doubts and scruples. After Dresden Churchill and the War Cabinet disowned Harris and the bombing policy. He was denied the expected peerage and Bomber Command received no campaign medal.