Tony Blair ‘deceived’ top ministers over Iraq invasion – new memoir


Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair © Brendan McDermid

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair © Brendan McDermid / Reuters

29 Feb, 2016

by Lou Collins


Former Prime Minister Tony Blair kept members of his cabinet and numerous high-profile Whitehall officials in the dark over his plans to create a “regime change” in Iraq and oust Saddam Hussein, a new memoir has revealed.

“Broken Vows,” a new book about the former PM by investigative journalist Tom Bower, reveals that Blair had decided as early as 2002 that Saddam Hussein should be removed, but failed to state his intentions to his Chief of Defence Staff, Cabinet Secretary, Foreign Secretary, Defence Secretary and most of the Cabinet.

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Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair (C) visits British troops in Basra, southern Iraq © Eddie Keogh

The book alleges that because so many top officials were out of the loop, the military were unable to begin training in earnest for an invasion, and subsequently suffered due to insufficient equipment.
Blair always insisted he was an “honest broker,” looking for a peaceful solution.

Amongst the allegations in the book are the claims that Blair refused to make proper post-invasion plans, tried to get rid of the Chief of the Defence Staff Admiral Sir Mike Boyce and ignored warnings that the invasion could be a catastrophe.

It also alleges that Blair told then-head of MI6 Sir Richard Dearlove to bring him raw intelligence on Iraq which could be used to bolster the case for invasion. It claims he told the security chief, “My fate is in your hands.”

Dearlove was also complicit in compiling the so-called “dodgy dossier” on Saddam Hussein’s supposed possession and development of weapons of mass destruction, which provided the basis for the 2003 invasion.

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FILE PHOTO: Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair (L) and his wife Cherie © Stringer

In the book, Bower, who interviewed former senior officials and close colleagues of Blair, states that Boyce told Blair his position was “crazy,” but the former PM said, “Well, that’s how it is.”

Former Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon also warned Blair against the invasion, the book claims, saying: “We need to order machine-guns, body armor and other equipment.”

But Blair replied: “No, I’ve got to keep the UN negotiations [with Saddam over allowing weapons inspectors to enter Iraq] going and I can’t act as [an] honest broker if it’s clear we’re planning to go to war.”

The publication comes as Sir John Chilcot prepares to finally publish his inquiry into the legality of the invasion, some six years after beginning work on his report. Chilcot last took evidence from the inquiry in 2011. The report has cost almost £10 million.

Chilcot has also been accused of failing to pick up on discrepancies in Blair’s evidence, after the former PM denied lying to the British public for 16 months after reportedly planning to invade Iraq in 2002.

The Daily Mail alleges that Chilcot did not press Blair about a conversation he had in July 2002 when he told the Defence Secretary, the Foreign Secretary, the Attorney General, the Cabinet Secretary and defence and intelligence chiefs that he intended to go to war.






4 Responses to “Tony Blair ‘deceived’ top ministers over Iraq invasion – new memoir”

  1. ian says:

    It was common knowledge all over the internet what Bliar was up to. If anyone who was representing the people of Britain, believed for one minute, anything this little man uttered, then they should be sacked, as they are obviously stupid. The problem is in life, people are employed for their ability to follow instructions, their ability to creep arse to the boss, never their ability to disagree with the boss. In politics, the sham that it is anyway, this leads to what we have here. There are still many who believe that your vote counts. It is all total unadulterated pantomime to placate the masses.

  2. peugeott says:

    Wondering why the top photo of scum dirt is photoshopped?

  3. salty says:

    Tony Blair.

    Go to America and don’t come back.

    There are people in England who want to hang you.

  4. Lynn says:

    That entity needs destroying. He is a rabid wreck. How he is still walking about I will never know. Infamous sociapath. Seed of the Rats child. Demonic in every way. I passed him on the steps of Leicester railway station when he had learned hair and an eating in. Looked like a wiseguy then it was early 90s. He had security around him even then. Handlers I guess. I should have pushed him down the bloody steps. I would now!!!

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