Report: Tony Blair Lied Britain Into War

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It took seven years, but the great and good of Britain have finally concluded that Tony Blair basically lied them into war:

Tony Blair has responded to criticisms made in the Chilcot report by saying he takes full responsibility for leading Britain into the Iraq war following the “hardest most momentous, most agonising decision” of his life….“For all of this I express more sorrow, regret and apology than you can ever know or believe,” he said, in a speech in which his voice cracked with emotion.

….In a forensic account of the way Blair and his ministers built the case for military action, Chilcot found that Blair disregarded warnings about the potential consequences of military action and relied too heavily on his own beliefs, rather than the more nuanced judgments of the intelligence services.

A memo published by Chilcot also revealed that Blair had written to the US president, George W Bush eight months before the 2003 invasion, promising him: “I will be with you, whatever.”

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