In an interview with CNN this weekend, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair apologized (kind of/sort of/not really) for the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
“I apologize for the fact that the intelligence we received was wrong,” Blair said, somehow with a straight face.
“…The program in the form that we thought it was did not exist in the way that we thought, so I can apologize for that…”
“I can also apologize, by the way, for some of the mistakes in planning and certainly our mistake in our understanding of what would happen once you remove the regime… But I find it hard to apologize for removing Saddam.”
He went on to admit that there are “elements of truth” to the statement that the rise of ISIS can be directly attributed to the invasion of Iraq.
Considering Blair tried to play off the 2003 invasion as a response to a ‘crisis of the moment’ — and not something he had personally visited President George W. Bush at his Crawford ranch to discuss a year before the invasion as a leaked memo later proved — is pathetic.
President Bush and seven of his top officials only lied to the American people and the world 935 times to get us into the war in Iraq to begin with.
The Telegraph is reporting that family members of soldiers who died in Iraq have responded to Blair’s “apology” with “revulsion”:
“I feel revulsion,” Mr Keys said. “This man certainly got it wrong. 179 British service personnel dead, 3,500 wounded. Not to mention the hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi men, women and children that lost their lives. The guy has got to hold his hands up [and say] I got it wrong and I apologise.”
It has also been suggested that Blair only apologized at all because the Chilcot Inquiry report is due out soon.
Mr Keys added: ““I feel that he’s obviously pre-empting the Iraq inquiry’s findings. It’s finger-pointing. He’s blaming intelligence chiefs for giving him the wrong intelligence. He’s not apologising for toppling Saddam.
“What about apologising for the unnecessary loss of life? The reason we went to war was weapons of mass destruction, not to topple Saddam.”
The Inquiry, British public inquiry into the UK’s role in the Iraq war, began in 2009.
Clare Short, former Labour Cabinet minister who resigned over Iraq, added: “He’s sorry for bits but he’s not really sorry.”
Figures differ depending on source, but a study in 2013 concluded the Iraq death toll was at least 500,000 people. Other sources say it’s well over a million dead.
Some “apology,” huh?
Either way, “For Chilcot and the Iraq War Inquiry, Iraq remains one giant unmarked grave of unknown size,” the website Iraq Body Count has declared.
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