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Reader’s comment: Reasons not to take Blair seriously

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In response to David Keighley: Blair’s EU witch project and the BBC, Benthic wrote:

How anyone in their right mind could take Blair seriously. Chilcot summarised:

* There was ‘no imminent threat from Saddam Hussein’ in March 2003 and military action was ‘not a last resort’.

* The UK ‘chose to join the invasion of Iraq before the peaceful options for disarmament had been exhausted’.

* Tony Blair’s note to George Bush on July 28, 2002, saying UK would be with the US ‘whatever’, was the moment Britain was set on a path to war.

* Judgements about the threat posed by Iraq’s WMD ‘were presented with a certainty that was not justified’.

* Tony Blair told attorney general Lord Goldsmith that Iraq had committed breaches of UN Security Council resolution 1441 without giving evidence to back up his claim.

* The Ministry of Defence was ‘slow’ to react to clear need for better equipment and it was not clear whose job it was to do so.

* Planning for post-war Iraq was ‘wholly inadequate’.

* Blair government ‘failed to achieve its stated objectives’.

* The legality of the war can only be decided by an international court.

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