In an interview with the “hard hitting political commentator” Fern Britton Tony Blair has finally admitted that WMDs were simply a flimsy excuse to deceive a nation into going to war and he would have sought regime change anyway.
In an interview timed to try and defuse the mounting attacks on Blair’s WMD lies coming from the Chilcot Inquiry the confused looking former PM rambled at length about his faith and why he decided it was fine to invade and occupy a sovereign state that posed no threat to Britain.
Bliar said his work in the Middle East made him think “I can’t really think we’d be better with him [Saddam] and his two sons still in charge”.
Of course the families of the hundred odd thousand civilians who have died since Blair’s illegal war started would possibly disagree.
Lt Gen Frederick Viggers, Britain’s senior military representative in Iraq, today said lives had been lost in Iraq as a result of the fact that “amateurs” who did not have the experience to perform were in key roles.
Lt Gen Viggers said the operation had suffered from a lack of direction and a clear idea of what would be faced from the beginning.
“It was rather like going to the theatre and seeing one sort of play and realising you were watching a tragedy as the curtains came back,” he said.
Without naming individuals, he said he blamed those at the highest levels of government.
“I am not talking about the soldiers and commanders and civilians… who did a great job. But it’s the intellectual horsepower (sic) that drives these things [which] needs better co-ordination,” he said.
Blair, at the highest level of Government, perhaps could be excused amateur status since by the time of the Iraq crusade, sorry invasion, he had a taste for war. I guess Iraq was one war too far. Oops – no, that was Afghanistan, Iraq was two wars too far.
Another day at the Chilcot Inquiry and another civil servant lines up to point the finger of blame for the Iraq fiasco firmly at Tony Blair.
As the Guardian reports, Sir John Scarlett used his moment under the spotlight to insist that the controversial foreword to the ‘dodgy dossier’, written and signed by Blair, was “overtly political” and had nothing to do with the intelligence contained in the dossier itself.
At the same time it was leaked that the information on the controversial and untrue 45 minute allegation that formed so much of Blair’s argument for war was actually information based on the ramblings of a taxi driver.
Al Jazeera are reporting that Blair’s time may be up and he looks like he is showing the strain. After another day of carnage in Baghdad reflects the abject failure of Blair’s illegal war let’s hope he feels it a little more.
In a story that seems to have gone unreported largely in the Western media Hans Blix has made a damning statement on Bush and Blair’s Iraq war.
Blix, the former head of the UN weapons inspectors tasked with finding the non-existent WMDs, said that in his view the war on Iraq was illegal and that Blair and Bush had “misled themselves and then they misled the public” about the reason for the war.
He also revealed the bizzare fact that he has NOT been requested to attend as a witness in the ongoing Chilcot Whitewash, sorry Inquiry. If true this is completely unacceptable. Blix was the man on the ground in Iraq and while it’s nice to hear about the cosy meetings in Texas behind closed doors and the political machinations that led to the invasion, it remains a fact that the stated reason for invasion was that Saddam had WMDs. Blix’s team found nothing in the run-up to the invasion, nor were such weapons found afterwards which means if Chilcot is to be taken seriously he MUST call Blix.
Blix also stated that “They [Bush and Blair] eventually had so much military in the Gulf that they felt they had to invade”.
Not sure that is a legal basis to invade a sovereign state.
Looks like the Sunday papers are lining up to take a crack at Bambi Bliar.
The Mail gleefully reports on how Tony is being attacked on three fronts:
However the best news is that the Telegraph has obtained leaked docs showing the chaos and deceit in the UK Cabinet in the run up to Iraq. Tony apparently sent UK troops to battle in the desert equipped with 5 bullets each and skis!
We can only hope the offensive continues this week when the Chilcot inquiry opens on Tuesday.
Tony Blair will have to face families of soldiers killed in his illegal Iraq war early next year.
It has been announced that government ministers, including Blair, will be grilled in Jaunary.Â While the inquiry is being veiwed by many as another whitewash waiting to happen, Blair cannot relish the fact that he will have to face angry families who want him to explain his lies that lead to Iraq.
Rose Gentle, whose son Gordon was among the soldiers killed in the illegal war, said the families wanted to be “face-to-face” with the former prime minister.
Blair has already displayed his usual arrogance in telling Rose Gentle how she should behave:
â€˜I think it is better that she is allowed to express her grief in her own way without public controversyâ€™
That was his perspective on Rose Gentleâ€™s accusation that her son, who was killed in Iraq, had been treated like â€˜a bit of meatâ€™, 2004.
An anonymous writer has emailed the Royal British Legion to explain why they changed a Poppy Appeal poster as above:
“There was no intent to dishonour anyone (Blair excluded) and I meant no disrespect to either the Royal British Legion and its supporters, nor to the family of Damian Wright,” the e-mail said.
“I am sorry if anyone felt misled into thinking the legion was taking a position on the rights or wrongs of current military incursions.
“I support the work of the legion, although I think it’s tragic that veterans and their families have to rely on charity, rather than receive the support they deserve from the government so quick to spend money sending our troops to war.”
One of the more interesting points of view in the email is that the writer felt pressurised into this course of direct action due to the fact that despite having lobbied their MP they hadÂ “lost all faith in the political system”.
“Those who dissent find themselves labelled as ‘domestic extremists’ and threatened with police violence and terror laws.”
Very true and the way a lot people feel in the UK now, direct action is becoming the only solution for people who want toÂ protest.Â Â Of course asÂ the Lisbon Treaty is signed today and the Charter of Fundamental Rights become law across most of the EU, it’s good to know that there is a clause that states that everyone should have theÂ “..freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority”.
Such a shame then that Teflon decided the UK didn’t need these pesky new fundamental rights and negotiated an opt-out for the UK.
Can’t really blame the writer then for his way of getting across a valid protest.
So said Anne Donnachie yesterday while addressing an Iraq inquiry committee at a regional meeting in Bristol.
Anne’s son Rifleman Paul Donnachie was killed in Basra in April 2007. He was just 18 years old.
Anne adds her voice to a growing number of bereaved families who want justice for the loved ones they have lost in an illegal war.
Paul’s uncle Brynley Pritchard also spoke on behalf of his family and made the following damning statement:
“We believe the war on Iraq was wrong and unlawful. The UK and US could not justify getting it past the UN because of vetoes by other member countries.
“So we believe a conspiracy was formed by Tony Blair and President Bush to invade Iraq under the pretence that Saddam Hussein had an arsenal of weapons of mass destruction and was preparing to use them against other countries of the world.
“We believe the true reason for the war was to protect the oil-producing countries of the Middle East, and was therefore motivated by greed. The protection of the oil fields could have been done by the UN and this could have saved 179 British personnel, numerous United States personnel and countless Iraqi civilians.
“Mr Blair should be taken to task by the UK judicial system for lying in parliament.”
We can only hope that the upcoming inquiry is not yet another whitewash and that Blair may yet be held accountable.
Another day in Baghdad – at least another 90 innocent people die. Over six years since Operation Enduring Freedom was launched against a background of lies and falsehoods and the only thing Iraq is enduring is misery.
Despite the complete and abject failure of this illegal war Blair shows no shame or regret as he continues his attempts to become the first unelected President of the EU. This attempt needs to be stopped – the only place Blair should be appearing in the EU in the Hague facing criminal charges.
A petition started to display objection to the incredible idea that this man can stay in politics has already attracted 40,000 signatures. While is unlikely to prevent the inevitable happening it will send a strong signal that for many people this is an unacceptable idea.