Tony Blair Says He’d Have Justified Invading Iraq, Even Without Claiming WMD’s
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, one of President Bush’s staunchest allies in the Iraq war, says he’d have justified the invasion of Iraq, even if the basis were not WMD’s.
“I would still have thought it right to remove him. I mean, obviously you would have had to use and deploy different arguments about the nature of the threat,” Blair told the BBC in an interview to be broadcast this morning.
Blair was immediately denounced by critics who accused him of dragging Britain into the war under false pretenses.
Hans Blix, who led the United Nations team of inspectors looking into the claim, said that Blair’s remarks gave “the strong impression of a lack of sincerity.”
“The war was sold on the weapons of mass destruction [argument], and now you . . . hear that it was only a question of a ‘deployment of arguments,’ ” Blix told the BBC. “It sounds a bit like a fig leaf that was held up, and if the fig leaf had not been there, then they would have tried to put another fig leaf there.”Click here for reuse options!
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