Tony Blair and the Spooky Chilcot Adventure

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Its easy to say with hindsight, and it’s very unlikely that Tony Blair would sue a penniless delinquent such as myself, so in many ways I’m untouchable when I suggest it, but his term as Prime Minister has all the hallmarks of a cocaine binge – happy at first – delighted to hang out with the Spice Girls and the Lighthouse Family, but as time goes on you realise that socialising with Steps and Chumbawumba just won’t do it any more, so you try and find bigger and bigger kicks, culminating with the biggest kick of them all: WAR.

Of course, after starting it was quickly realised that war is bad, and a short 6 years later the UK started investigating how exactly they had ended up in Iraq. It took another while for a report to be published, so when it was released this week, out of curiosity we decided to pore through its massive bulk and see if we could discover any interesting insights that have not been yet brought to public attention. Luckily, we were.

Last Thursday the journalist Simon Willmetts pointed out the bizarre link between the War in Iraq and 1997’s best movie of all time The Rock . In short, it transpires that false information was released before the war stating that Saddam Hussein had advanced WMD’s based on the high concept nuclear weapons that only the dream team of Nic Cage and Sean Connery could disarm, and this was used to justify the war. But after trawling through the Chilcot Report we can exclusively reveal that that film isn’t the only show that inspired false information in the build up to the war, as the below extract from page 712 shows…

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It was commonly known before the report was published that there was a lot of difficult in Mr. Chilcot gaining permission to access phone records between George Bush and Tony Blair before the war. Most assumed that this was purely for security protocol reasons, but could it be that they were been withheld to save Mr. Blair some embarrassment about his previously unknown lack of intelligence? The below extract from page 2,341 would suggest so…

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One of the main criticisms pointed at Mr. Blair was that he did not pursue all available options before invading Iraq. Well, I’m not sure about this – this 10 Downing Street  memo that can be found in Appendix B of the report seems to confirm that Mr. Blair did indeed think long and hard beforehand. Perhaps he’s getting more criticism that he deserves.

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So there we have it. What lessons are to be learned from the Chilcot report? In my opinion – none whatsoever, and I would encourage the UK not to think twice about getting stuck into an unwinnable war in the Middle East again.

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