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Secret data reveals Blair, Bush plotted Iraq war year before invasion

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The fact this comes from Colin Powell's correspondence is significant.




Secret data reveals Blair, Bush plotted Iraq war year before invasion


Former US President George W. Bush and former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair were negotiating joint military actions against then-Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein a year before the Iraq War

Sputnik
18 October 2015

MOSCOW — Former US President George W. Bush and former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair were negotiating joint military actions against then-Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein a year before the Iraq War, which contradicted Blair’s public political stance, correspondence of former US State Secretary Colin Powell revealed.

"Blair continues to stand by you and the United States as we move forward on the war on terrorism and on Iraq. On Iraq, Blair will be with us should military operations be necessary. He is convinced on two points: the threat is real and success against Saddam will yield more regional success," Powell wrote to Bush in a document published by the Mail on Sunday.

The document also revealed Blair offered to persuade the UK Parliament that Iraq allegedly obtained weapons of mass destruction, so the lawmakers would warrant military actions abroad.

The correspondence was in sharp contrast with Blair’s public stance on the invasion of Iraq, as he was telling his voters the United Kingdom was not proposing any military action.

The United Kingdom was part of a US-led coalition that invaded Iraq in 2003, without a UN mandate, after falsely accusing Hussein of possessing weapons of mass destruction.

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8 comments :

  1. Iraq War inquiry: Cabinet Secretary Heywood denies causing Chilcot delays

    British Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood has fired back at critics who accused him of delaying the publication of the Chilcot Inquiry report into the legality of the UK’s involvement in the Iraq War.

    The report, which was commissioned six years ago, has faced repeated delays. Critics have suggested that by blocking the release of government papers, including correspondence between former Prime Minister Tony Blair and former US President George W. Bush, Heywood was in part responsible for holding up the report’s publication.

    “It frustrates me a little bit, to be honest, that I’m being accused of trying to get in the way, or covering things up, because that is just absolutely not the way in which I’ve approached it,” said Heywood in an interview with Civil Service World published on Monday.

    Read More: https://www.rt.com/uk/319067-heywood-chilcot-inquiry-delay/

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  2. Tony Blair committed UK to Iraq war year before invasion: Report

    LONDON: Former British prime minister Tony Blair was committed to joining the United States in the Iraq war a year before the 2003 invasion, documents obtained by a Sunday newspaper suggested.

    The revelations focus on a memo allegedly written by former US secretary of state Colin Powell on March 28, 2002 to then president George Bush a week before the US leader's meeting with Blair at his ranch in Crawford, Texas.

    "On Iraq, Blair will be with us should military operations be necessary," wrote Powell, in a document the Mail on Sunday published on its website.

    "He is convinced on two points: the threat is real; and success against Saddam will yield more regional success," Powell said, referring to former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, who was eventually ousted in the 2003 US-led invasion.

    The Mail on Sunday said the memo and other sensitive documents were part of a batch of secret emails held on the private server of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton which US courts have forced her to reveal.

    Read more at:
    http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/49440462.cms

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  3. Chilcot under pressure to report after leaked Blair-Bush Iraq memo
    Oct 18 2015

    Sir John Chilcot is facing renewed pressure over his inquiry into the Iraq war following the emergence of a leaked White House memo that appears to prove Tony Blair backed military action a year before seeking a vote in parliament.

    The document shows a contrast between Blair’s public position in early 2002 that he was not proposing military action and the private opinion of the US that the British prime minister would “follow our lead”.

    The White House memo for former president George W Bush says: “On Iraq, Blair will be with us should military operations be necessary. He is convinced on two points; the threat is real; and success against Saddam will yield more regional success.”

    p:Excerpt from article

    “The memo contradicts claims from Mr Blair that all that time he had been seeking diplomatic ways to avoid an invasion. It also adds weight to the evidence given by Sir Christopher Meyer, the former UK ambassador to the United States – to the Chilcot inquiry – that the military timetable and preparation for invasion took precedence over any diplomacy and specifically over the timetable for the weapons inspectors led by Hans Blix,” Salmond said.”

    p:Excerpt from article

    “A further note written in April 2002 draws on information given to the US by a Labour MP, whose name is redacted.
    Powell writes: “A sizeable number of his [Blair’s] MPs remain at present opposed to military action against Iraq ... some would favor shifting from a policy of containment of Iraq if they had recent (and publicly usable) proof that Iraq is developing WMD/missiles ... most seem to want some sort of UN endorsement for military action.

    “Blair’s challenge now is to judge the timing and evolution of America’s Iraq policy and to bring his party and the British people on board.”

    Read More: http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/oct/18/chilcot-pressure-leaked-blair-bush-iraq-memo

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  4. A bit more on Blair's support well prior to 9-11

    https://www.rt.com/uk/319029-blair-support-iraq-war/video/

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  5. Blair memo that revealed his private promises to US on Iraq 'questions validity of Chilcot probe', critics claim

    “'All Chilcot has to do is to expand on it. It has made me feel very angry. We have suspected it but now we know Blair misled Parliament and misled the country.'

    Labour MP Paul Flynn said: 'If would be of great concern if this document has not been considered by Chilcot. It certainly doesn't fill me with confidence that the report – when we eventually see it – will get to the full truth.'”

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3280235/Blair-memo-revealed-private-promises-Iraq-questions-validity-Chilcot-probe-critics-claim.html

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  6. The Smoking Gun Memo: Tony Blair Should Stand Trial for War Crimes, Say 96% in British Poll

    In a recent poll by ATIS, and before the release of the “smoking gun memo”, an astonishing 96% of people agreed that Tony Blair should stand trial for war crimes. The poll sample was taken from over 4700 votes spread over several websites, so even allowing for a very large margin of error, I think we can safely conclude that the majority of people believe Tony Blair is a war criminal and should stand trial for war crimes.

    The bombshell “smoking gun” memo, straight from the Whitehouse, reveals the deal done in blood by Blair and Bush in 2002 more than a year before the Iraq war. Blair gave bush his unqualified support for the illegal war in Iraq whilst telling the British Public he was not proposing military action, as revealed in the secret email uncovered by the FBI investigating Hillary Clinton’s use of a private mail server when Secretary of Defence.

    Read More: http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-smoking-gun-memo-tony-blair-should-stand-trial-for-war-crimes-say-96-in-british-poll/5483416

    Copyright © Tom Steele, A True Independent Scotland, 2015

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  7. p: an excerpt from the article
    Bombshell E-mails: Bush, Blair Talked Peace in Iraq but Planned Invasion

    Oct 20,2015

    “It was important to President Bush to secure Great Britain as an ally in any military operations in Iraq, and fear of WMDs in the hands of a tyrannical dictator such as Saddam Hussein was the major selling point to obtain the support of the British government and its people. The British Daily Mail, however, has come into possession of secret e-mails held on Hillary Clinton’s private server that indicate the Bush administration used "spies" inside the Labour Party “to help him manipulate British public opinion in favour of the war.”

    Former “shadow” Home Secretary David Davis, a Tory, expressed disgust at what he regarded as Blair’s duplicity in the lead-up to the Iraq War. (In the United Kingdom, the party out of power maintains a “shadow Cabinet” of government ministers, as a way of demonstrating to the British public who would hold such positions were they to come to power. The Conservative Party during the Blair years was the main opposition to his Labour Party). “This is one of the most astonishing documents I have ever read,” Davis said. “It proves in explicit terms what many of us believed all along.

    Tony Blair effectively agreed to act as a front man for American foreign policy in advance any decision by the House of Commons or the British Cabinet.”

    Davis accused Blair of subcontracting out British foreign policy to the United States in return for the getting George Bush to pretend Blair “was a player on the world stage to impress voters in the UK.””

    Read More: http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/foreign-policy/item/21791-bombshell-e-mails-bush-blair-talked-peace-in-iraq-but-planned-invasion

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  8. p: an excerpt from the article. Interesting the man responsible for determining there was WMD in Iraq committed suicide a few days after talking to MP Mackinlay.

    "Blair duped me" says former Thurrock MP Andrew Mackinlay
    Oct 20, 2015

    “The former Labour MP reported a private conversation with the then PM, who he says had promised there would be no invasion if supposed weapons of mass destruction were removed from the equation.

    Following that conversation, he voted for war in the House of Commons.

    No weapons of mass destruction, the existence of which were used as the pretext for war, were found in Iraq.

    Mr Mackinlay famously questioned MoD weapons specialist Dr David Kelly at a hearing of the foreign affairs committee, describing him as “chaff” – meaning a diversionary manoeuvre.

    Mr Kelly died a few days after the evidence hearing, apparently as a result of a suicide.”

    Read More: http://www.yourthurrock.com/Blair-duped-says-Thurrock-MP-Andrew-Mackinlay/story-28017407-detail/story.html

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