07 July 2016 - Chilcot Report holds Tony Blair accountable for Iraq War
Paul Waugh (The Guardian, 07/07/2016)
Sir John Chilcot was barely a minute into his statement on the Iraq War when it became clear that he meant business.
The man whose very name has become a byword for dither and delay surprised many as he swiftly got stuck into the damning criticism for which he may now instead be remembered.
“We have concluded that the UK chose to join the invasion of Iraq before the peaceful options for disarmament had been exhausted,” he said. “Military action at that time was not a last resort.”
Griff Witte (The New York Times, 07/07/2016)
The findings offer official validation to the views of the Iraq War’s most ardent critics, forensically eviscerating in the sober language of the British civil service nearly every aspect of the conflict’s conception, planning and execution.
In a country where the shadow of Iraq continues to loom over both politics and policy, the report’s documentation of a disaster in the making guided by American allies could shape British decision-making for years or even decades to come.
Luke Harding (The Guardian, 07/07/2016)
A defiant Tony Blair defended his decision to go to war in Iraq in 2003 following the publication of a devastating report by Sir John Chilcot, which mauled the ex-prime minister’s reputation and said that at the time of the 2003 invasion Saddam Hussein “posed no imminent threat”.
Looking tired, his voice sometimes croaking with emotion, Blair described his decision to join the US attack as “the hardest, most momentous, most agonising decision I took in 10 years as British prime minister”.
He said he felt “deeply and sincerely ... the grief and suffering of those who lost ones they loved in Iraq”.
(The Economist, 07/07/2016)
THERE has been no shortage of reports and inquiries into the Iraq war of 2003-11. But after nearly seven years of toil, Sir John Chilcot and his fellow commissioners have delivered what future historians will regard as the definitive account of what happened and why. The lessons the Iraq Inquiry draws from 2.6m words of painstakingly accumulated evidence have almost as much relevance to American policymakers as they do to their British counterparts. The picture Chilcot paints, for all the familiarity of its main elements, is a devastating one of individual and institutional failure. The verdict on Tony Blair, Britain’s prime minister at the time, is not that he is a liar and a war criminal (as many contend), but a man steered by a fatal combination of hubris, wishful thinking and moral fervour into an ultimately disastrous course of action.
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