Blair makes weasel ‘apology’ for Iraq War on US television

Former Prime Minister, Tony Blair is said by tomorrow’s newspapers, 25th October, to have ‘apologised’ – with marked obliquity – on American television [CNN] , saying: ‘I apologise for the fact that the intelligence we received was wrong’.

Mr Blair appears to have made no mention of the fact that his henchman, Alastair Campbell, was party to the concoction of some of this incorrect ‘intelligence’ in promoting what is  now known as ‘the dodgy dossier’. The same Campbell also suborned intelligence chief, John Scarlett, to ‘firm up’ some of the expressions used in intelligence reports, as with, memory says, the knowingly fictitious threat that Saddam Hussein could hit the UK at 45 minutes notice with weapons of mass destruction. In fact what they were talking about was Iraq’s possession of battlefield weapons, not the ICBMs it would have taken to hit the UK.

This non-apology then made it possible for the Flying Dutchman the former PM has become to admit that the war on Iraq may have contributed to the rise of Daesh.

At the same time as this excursion on CNN, former Blair Home Secretary, David Blunkett said when it came to planning for the war and for the aftermath of the war, Blair – ah – didn’t do any of that. He trusted the Americans to do it.

Donald Rumsfeld’s planning for the post war situation in Iraq centred on making sure that the major reconstruction contacts went to Halliburton, the firm whose CEO had been Dick Cheney, George W Bush’s largely invisible Vice President.

Journos are asking why Blair is making some fist of an pseudo apology now?

Obvious. The Colin Powell email nailing the prematurity of Blair’s private commitment to this illegal war is now in the public domain.

Whether or not the report of the Chilcot inquiry ito this war ever appears and whether or not Chilcot is remotely critical of Blair, people now know more than enough to be certain of Blair’s culpability – so he is getting in a an advance attempt at reputational rehabilitation.

That will never be possible. Documented history many of us will never see, will inform future generations.

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  • I liked the comment on BH just now, BLiar will never really apologise for anything he did but will apologise for things like the Irish Potato Famine which are nothing to do with him.

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    Lundavra October 25, 2015 9:47 am Reply
    • Am I the only person who doesn’t know what BH is?

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      Murdoch MacKenzie October 26, 2015 2:11 am Reply
  • I take it the Chilcot report is primed and ready to go then (?) … taken longer than the dead sea scrolls to seeday light… I woder who does his spray on tan ???

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    karl Hughes October 25, 2015 2:23 pm Reply
    • Fell out with Tony. You supported him in the past for getting rid of Suddam even although regime change was NOT the reason for invasion. Ton you thought by GW Bush who wanted to go one better than his daddy and allow his mates like Chaney get the oil receipts. Let you get a wee job or two in Iraq.

      Pity about the collateral damage? Sorry the tens of thousand killed, armed forces killed and forgotten by Blair and Bush as expendable.

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      No Cheese Here October 25, 2015 4:21 pm Reply
  • Hard Cheese… I and about 70% of the population of Iraq are still happy Saddam has gone. Have you ever been to Iraq ? no, thought not… silly person.
    Oh and as for oil being the reason for the two wars… do you have any idea of the difference between TSC and OOP contracts…. thought not… dumb ass.

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    Karl Hughes October 25, 2015 7:30 pm Reply
    • You obviously hire a conscience,now and again.
      Try Poundland,they’re doing a special!!

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      Hugh Jazz October 25, 2015 9:11 pm Reply
  • Oh speaking for the Iraq people. Makes a change, usually you speak on behalf of Scotland. Not but for an Anglo of welsh extraction?

    I am sure you are happy Saddam is gone. That wasn’t the reason for the war was it! It was Weapons of Mass destruction which was a lie. Us and Uk helped Saddam when fighting Iran.
    Nice money no doubt.
    At least you can say you profited from other people’s misery.

    You are an economic migrant in reverse.

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    No Cheese Here October 25, 2015 9:04 pm Reply
  • LMAO… you two clowns, hidding behind your ill concieved tags need therapy… It is good that Saddam has gone, but you would need to visit southern Iraq or Kuwait or Iran to understand this… you find it so much easier to be the “sheep” and so are programmed to take the easier option of swallowing and regurgitate the bile the media feeds you… have a nice life.

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    Karl Hughes October 26, 2015 4:50 am Reply
    • “You two clowns”
      It’s a big club,Carol!

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      Hugh Jazz October 26, 2015 8:39 am Reply
      • You should know, HJ.

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        Robert Wakeham October 26, 2015 9:52 am Reply
        • Boaby,you don’t fit the criteria to get into any club

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          Hugh Jazz October 26, 2015 1:25 pm Reply
  • I’m assuming Broadcasting House Murdoch, but wasn’t tuned in, so only a guess!

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    JB October 26, 2015 3:49 pm Reply
    • Ah! that explains it, on my banned list then.

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      Murdoch MacKenzie October 26, 2015 4:52 pm Reply

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