Friday, July 8, 2016

Chilcot report

The excerpts of the Chilcot report can be read by clicking here.
The UK chose to join the invasion before peaceful options had been exhausted.

Blair deliberately exaggerated the threat posed by Saddam Hussein

Blair promised George Bush: ’I will be with you, whatever’

The decision to invade was made in unsatisfactory circumstances

George Bush largely ignored UK advice on postwar planning

There was no imminent threat from Saddam

Britain’s intelligence agencies produced ‘flawed information’

The UK military were ill-equipped for the task

UK-US relations would not have been harmed if UK stayed out of war

Blair ignored warnings on what would happen in Iraq after invasion

The government had no post-invasion strategy

The UK had no influence on Iraq’s postwar US-run administration

The UK did not achieve its objectives in Iraq

The government did not try hard enough to keep a tally of Iraqi civilian casualties

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