Sir John Chilcot published his report on the 2003 Iraq War today, and in an unsurprising turn of events it turned out that he deemed it completely unnecessary and based on false intelligence.
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Here are the other key findings of the report (courtesy of the Metro):
Policy on Iraq was made on the basis of flawed intelligence and assessments. They were not challenged, and they should have been.
War was decided upon too soon and military action was ‘not a last resort’ at the time. The decision was made before the peaceful options for disarmament had been exhausted.
Judgments about the severity of the threat posed by Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction were presented with a certainty that was not justified by Tony Blair’s government.
Blair told Bush ‘I’ll be with you whatever’ months before the decision to go to war was made.
There was ‘little time’ to properly prepare three military brigades for deployment in Iraq, the risks were neither ‘properly identified nor fully exposed’ to ministers, resulting in ‘equipment shortfalls’.
The consequences of the 2003 invasion of Iraq were underestimated ‘despite explicit warnings’ and planning and preparation for the period after the fall of Saddam Hussein was ‘wholly inadequate’.
The circumstances in which it was decided there was a legal basis for UK military action in Iraq were ‘far from satisfactory’.
Cool, good thing it’s only taken 13 years to get that straight. Another great example of the government screwing everything up then and all the more relevant with the events of the last couple of weeks.
It’ll be interesting to see how Blair tries to get out of this one, but I doubt anything is going to happen to him. These people always seem to get away with it. Maybe we could all sign a petition for him to be tried as a war criminal? Sure that would work.
Remember when this guy tried to put Tony Blair under citizen’s arrest? Like that was ever going to work.