- Leaked White House memo shows former Prime Minister’s support for war at summit with U.S. President in 2002
- Bombshell document shows Blair preparing to act as spin doctor for Bush, who was told ‘the UK will follow our lead’
- Publicly, Blair still claimed to be looking for diplomatic solution – in direct contrast to email revelations
- New light was shed on Bush-Blair relations by material disclosed by Hillary Clinton at the order of the U.S. courts
A bombshell White House memo has revealed for the first time details of the ‘deal in blood’ forged by Tony Blair and George Bush over the Iraq War.
The sensational leak shows that Blair had given an unqualified pledge to sign up to the conflict a year before the invasion started.
It flies in the face of the Prime Minister’s public claims at the time that he was seeking a diplomatic solution to the crisis.
He told voters: ‘We’re not proposing military action’ – in direct contrast to what the secret email now reveals.
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The classified document also discloses that Blair agreed to act as a glorified spin doctor for the President by presenting ‘public affairs lines’ to convince a sceptical public that Saddam had Weapons of Mass Destruction – when none existed.
In return, the President would flatter Blair’s ego and give the impression that Britain was not America’s poodle but an equal partner in the ‘special relationship’.
By snufflesnuff on Reddit:
I wrote my thesis on Bush and Blair’s case for war with Iraq, so it’s always fun for me when something like these emails come out.
That Blair ostensibly agreed to be Bush’s front man to push for war with Iraq is actually one of the least interesting things the emails reveal. We kind of knew that already. Here are a few things that jump out for me:
1). In April 02, Blair desperately needed evidence to convince a skeptical public (and his own MPs) that Iraq had WMD/was involved in terrorism. Yet just five months later he was addressing parliament with a laundry list of Iraq’s proscribed weapons activities, such as mobile biological weapons labs and, infamously, attempts to purchase uranium from Africa. (Of course, these claims would be thoroughly debunked after the war.) In April, Blair was telling Bush he needed evidence, and by September he had it.
2). The emails note in passing that Blair’s government was warming up to Iraqi opposition groups, including the Iraqi National Congress (INC). The INC at this point had been trying to peddle Iraqi defectors with bullshit claims of Saddam’s WMD to intelligence services for nearly a decade. They were actually really bad at it – both the US and UK intelligence communities basically ignored anything the INC brought them. That seems to have changed between April and September 2002. After the war, much of Bush and Blair’s case against Iraq – including the claims about mobile labs and African uranium – was shown to have been confirmed by INC defectors, in some cases just days before the PR campaign for war was set to begin.
TLDR; The emails reveal Blair needed a case for war and that his govt was meeting with people who could fabricate one for him.
From aranoidFactoid on Reddit:
The yellowcake claims (purchasing uranium from Africa) were debunked well before the war started by former US State Department diplomat to Iraq Joe Wilson. He tried to communicate his findings privately to the Office of the President before the war began but was rebuked. So he wrote a NY Times editorial after start of hostilities.
Which led to hostilities from the White House in retaliation. Wilson’s Wife, Valerie Plame, was an undercover CIA asset. From within the Office of the Vice President, her name was leaked to several reporters, including then NY Times’ Judith Miller. Along with Matt Cooper at USA Today and columnist Robert Novak at the Washington Post.
It was Novak who first published her name. And when it became clear the leak originated in the White House and ofice of the Vice President, a special prosecutor was brought in. And Novak caved to a subpoena, naming names.
What’s clear here is that any official communication off message from supporting the case for war was either thwarted or ignored. The Bush Administration made policy regardless of facts. In fact, they created false facts to justify war.And they knew they were doing this. Remember Karl Rove’s “We’re an empire now, when we act we create reality” comment? Taking a jab at the “reality-based community” who believe facts matter.
To those in the Bush administration, no they didn’t. And it’s fair to argue the same applies to Obama’s Administration too.
From DeathBlowChunnel on Reddit:
This article led me down a rabbit hole. Look at this document on How they try to sell the case on WMD’s. This is a paper from October 2002, 5 months after the blair meeting and 5 months before the invasion.
We know that they met in April 2002 and invaded in March 2003. So how did they “sell” this?
When you read this document you can clearly see that they had no proof of anything. They just made up shit all the way with no proof of their conclusions. It is quite comical.
Here is the link here
From this site here
This link on this paper from October 2002 further exploits the language of these claims “Iraq’s growing ability to sell oil illicitly increases Baghdad’s capabilities to finance WMD programs”, “Although Saddam probably does not yet have nuclear weapons or sufficient material to make any, he remains intent on acquiring them.” and my favorite “Saddam probably has stocked a few hundred metric tons of CW agents”. Yes probably., Our intelligence is based on probably. Read
And from terminal_mole on Reddit:
The more important issue is Blair lied that he was pursuing a diplomatic solution when he had signed on to a military adventure from the get go. The Iraq war was unjustified, resulting in the loss of trillions, death of hundreds of thousands and creating the vacuum in which ISIS evolved. It’s about time that people should be held accountable.