December 12, 2009

DUH? WHY DO YOU THINK HE AND GENERAL POWELL LIED TO YOU?:

War critics say Tony Blair is 'rewriting history' (Hazel Mollison, 12/13/09, Scotland on Sunday)

Former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell said Blair would not have obtained the support of the Cabinet or parliament for war if he had been so open about his view on regime change at the time. [...]

"I have no doubt whatsoever that if Mr Blair had told his cabinet what he is now saying, he'd have found it very difficult to keep all of them – he did, of course, lose Robin Cook and, eventually, Clare Short. But the one place he would have undoubtedly failed would have been in the House of Commons."

Angus Robertson MP, the SNP's Westminster leader and defence spokesman, said: [...]"Would Gordon Brown still have bankrolled the war had he known there were never any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq?


Not rewriting. History is finally being written.

W came to office determined to correct his father's mistakes, chief among them raising taxes and leaving Saddam in place. Accordingly, he made a narrow legal argument to the United Nations that Saddam had to answer for violating the resolutions he had agreed to in order to terminate hostilities in Gulf I. It is to the elder Bush's credit that among these was a requirement that the regime end the oppression of the Iraqi people, which would have effectively ended the regime itself.

Mr. Blair wanted to join America in the war, but recognized the British government would not join him in a war of liberation, so he resorted to the WMD argument. Colin Powell wanted the UN to sign off on the resumption of hostilities, so he too seized on the WMD argument. W liked both men and understood the problems they faced with their constituencies so he let them give it a go. Our military had a lot of reshuffling to complete so he had time to wait for them. Ultimately, Mr. Blair was successful in bringing his government along, though General Powell failed.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 12, 2009 7:37 PM
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