Tony Blair and George W. Bush will be reviled for all time in the devastatingly bad decision to go to war. Now at least Blair — his hand forced by a gazillion page British inquiry released thirteen years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq — has apologized.
Don’t expect GW or Dick Cheney to follow suit or anyone in the divided United States to take responsibility for anything.
As the New York Times wrote in an editorial today:
“It seems a long time ago, and in a world far, far away, that George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, enthusiastically supported by Tony Blair, went to war with Iraq. Thirteen years later, after voluminous studies and books and wave upon wave of terrible consequences, it would seem there is no doubt that these leaders created a false case for invading Iraq and then utterly mismanaged the occupation.”
Blair, the former British prime minister, issued an emotional apology following a long-delayed after release of the official and independent Iraq Inquiry Committee led by John Chilcot — 2.6 million words.
The document quotes Blair’s pledge to Bush at the time: “I will be with you, whatever.”
Blair apologized tearfully for his role in the war — almost a generation after the death and damage to hundreds of thousands of people, loss of trillions of dollars and the legacy of instability and worldwide terrorism.
“For all of this, I express more sorrow, regret and apology than you can ever know or
believe,” he said.
“I did it because I thought it was right,” Blair said. He accepted “full responsibility without
exception or excuse” for the consequences of the war.
While Blair did at least apologize, he said he made his decisions based on the secret intelligence he had received. Now, he said, he realizes the intelligence was wrong.
Blair went much further than Bush and Cheney. Both men and their minions still maintain that they acted on “the best intelligence information available at the time.”
That statement and Blair’s apology continue to be based on fraud and lies. The invasion was a conspiracy led by the United States to go to war.
While critics clamor for Blair to be prosecuted for war crimes, the idea has not been entertained in the United States.
In our book, THE ITALIAN LETTER, my colleague Knut Royce and I detail the Bush administration’s conspiracy to go to war. This is not a political treatise; the story is told by participants themselves.
Lawrence Wilkerson, long-time chief of staff of General Colin Powell, is one of those quoted, now a mighty critic of the decision to go to war. He said this about THE ITALIAN LETTER — “read it and weep for your democracy.”