Tony Blair's Feisty Defense of His Iraq War Policy
The decision I took -- and frankly would take again -- was if there was any possibility that he could develop weapons of mass destruction (WMD) we should stop him.
That was my view then and that is my view now.
This isn't about a lie or a conspiracy or a deceit or a deception.
It's a decision. And the decision I had to take was, given Saddam's history, given his use of chemical weapons, given the over one million people whose deaths he had caused, given 10 years of breaking UN resolutions, could we take the risk of this man reconstituting his weapons programs or is that a risk that it would be irresponsible to take?
No repentance or remorse over the issue. Tony Blair clearly believes he did the right thing and is completely unwilling to succumb to self-doubt or criticism of his handling of the war.
Blair was also willing to take on some of the other rumors surrounding the run-up to the war and deny point blank that there was any “secret deal” with Bush. This is a claim the anti-war left has been making for many years.
Those interested in the details of the “Chilcot” inquiry can read a detailed breakdown over at the Guardian site with comments from some of his most ardent critics.
It is probable that this media push by Blair over Iraq is to set up future projects, including something that might surprise some Labour colleagues: a close working relationship with a London-based hedge fund. His choice of companies might have a few wondering. As Sky News puts it:
What’s intriguing about the link between Mr Blair and Lansdowne is that Paul Ruddock, a co-founder of Lansdowne and one of the city’s wealthiest men, is also a major donor to the Conservative Party.
Unlike President Bush, who still seems to be unable to emerge from the shadow of his presidency despite the fact his successor is doing so poorly (as is the case in the UK), Blair seems to be going on unscathed.
Whether or not he is able, after recent revelations, to put his premiership behind him and move on to other things remains to be seen. If his post-PM days are anything to go by, Tony Blair will be just fine.