The Iraq war is said to have been full of poor decisions. The question up until now was if former U.S. president George W. Bush had the sole blame in the war, or if others were furtively on his side. After the British government requested information in their investigation of the Iraq War, the country realized that the blame belonged to Britain, as well. The inquiry known as the Chilcot report showed secret letters between George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
In the letters, Blair and Bush discussed the Iraq War, a decade-long period of turmoil which, based on the letters, Tony Blair was completely on board with. Not only did the letter prove that George W. Bush did not act against NATO countries in declaring war on Iraq, but also that his decision was literally based on information provided to him by Tony Blair.
Blair’s letters, included, intel on the situation in Iraq. According to ABC, British officials believe that information that Tony Blair gave to George W. Bush was an intentional exaggeration of the issues in Iraq. Based on rhetoric within the secret letters, it is now believed that some of Bush’s words in his announcement of war were actually Tony Blair’s words. The way George W. Bush explained the Iraq invasion to the Iraqi people is being highlighted by news media as a very similar phrase to something found in one of Blair’s letters to Bush.
“Our armies do not come into your cities and lands as conquerors or enemies, but as liberators.”
After many letters between Bush and Tony Blair, the British Prime Minister told the U.S. president that he would go with “whatever” plan of action that Bush chose to take. With that, Tony Blair left George W. Bush with some final words to get the president riled up. In the correspondence, Blair told Bush that merely “containing” the problem would not be effective and the only right move is to get rid of Saddam Hussein.
“The military part of this is hazardous but I will concentrate mainly on the political context for success. Getting rid of Saddam is the right thing to do. He is a potential threat. He could be contained. But containment, as we saw with Al Qaida, is always risky.”
Tony Blair was also the source of the information that Iraq had “weapons of mass destruction.” In the letters between Blair and George W. Bush, Blair offered Bush many justifications for his future actions against Iraq. In one letter, Blair wrote that “If we recapitulate all the WMD evidence; add his attempt to secure nuclear capability; and, as seems possible, add on al Qaida link, it will be hugely persuasive over here. Plus, of course, the abhorrent nature of the regime.”
Blair’s War Or Bush’s War?
Blair’s reputation was already shaky in his own country due to his support of “Bush’s war.” But the secret letters exposed Tony Blair as the true orchestrator of the events leading to the Iraq War. In a detailed “top secret” letter sent by Tony Blair to George W. Bush dated December 4, 2001, Blair gave Bush the ultimate plan to convince the global community of leaders to declare war on Iraq and capture and kill Saddam Hussein.
The action that George W. Bush took leading up to the Iraq War and even things he did during the war, all mirror the language in Tony Blair’s letters.
Somebody’s In Trouble
Sir John Chilcot, the man for whom the revealing Chilcot report was generated, saw some discrepancies with the true state of Iraq at that time and what Tony Blair claimed it to be. In response to the shocking, secret letters, Sir John Chilcot gave the following statement to CNN.
“Military action in Iraq might have been necessary at some point, but in March 2003 there was no imminent threat from Saddam Hussein.”
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