Chilcot report: 2003 Iraq war was ‘unnecessary’, invasion was not ‘last resort’ and Saddam Hussein was ‘no imminent threat’

The long-awaited official report into Britain’s involvement in the Iraq War has delivered a scathing verdict on Government ministers’ justification, planning and conduct of a military intervention which “went badly wrong, with consequences to this day”.

Chilcot’s damning verdict on Blair’s Iraq War: ‘WMD threat was NOT justified’, military action ‘was NOT a last resort’ and invasion was based on ‘flawed intelligence’

Tony Blair’s reputation was today lacerated by the Iraq War report as he was accused of twisting intelligence about the threat posed by Saddam Hussein to justify an invasion.

After seven years of deliberations, the Chilcot report found that the former prime minister overplayed evidence about the dictator’s weaponry and ignored peaceful means to send troops into the country.

In a devastating set of conclusions, Sir John found Blair presented the case for war with ‘a certainty which was not justified’ based on ‘flawed’ intelligence about Iraq’s supposed weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

It also said Blair had ‘overestimated’ his ability to influence US president George W Bush and the way the legal basis was established was branded ‘far from satisfactory’ and bypassed the UN and undermined the international system.

Unveiling his 2.6 million-word report into the UK’s most controversial military engagement since the end of the Second World War, Sir John said: ‘We have concluded that the UK chose to join the invasion of Iraq before the peaceful options for disarmament had been exhausted. Military action at that time was not a last resort.

‘We have also concluded that the judgments about the severity of the threat posed by Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction – WMD – were presented with a certainty that was not justified.

‘Despite explicit warnings, the consequences of the invasion were under-estimated. The planning and preparations for Iraq after Saddam Hussein were wholly inadequate. The Government failed to achieve its stated objectives.’

How the UK messed up Iraq: what the Chilcot Inquiry says about post-conflict planning

The Iraq Inquiry dismisses claims that the aftermath of the invasion could not have been foreseen. It describes the planning and preparations for the country after the fall of Saddam Hussein were ‘wholly inadequate’. In his statement, Sir John said that ‘despite explicit warnings, the consequences of the invasion were underestimated’.

Tony Blair deliberately exaggerated threat from Iraq, Chilcot report finds

h/t JEH

  • Maurixio Garciasanchez

    That invasion was well planned by the CIA and Bin Laden family , they set up the whole trap Dick Cheney was the CEO of his on oil corporation and Bush family the big investors on that , 19 hijackers Saudi Arabia , why the US didn’t invade them?

    • Got it.

    • Daviddowntown

      mo opines on the issues of the day. Call the new york times.

  • Dana Garcia

    Tony Blair’s worst crime was recruiting immigrants to alter the population and change Britain forever.

  • Mark

    The crime was not finishing the job. War is dirty. If you fight, fight to win. That means killing. War’s used to be fought to win. This one wasn’t and that has caused the past decades troubles.

    • Clausewitz

      They did win the war. It took Obama to turn the peace into the goat rodeo it became.

  • simus1

    There were two fundamental American failures.
    The first was the disbandment of the iraqi armed forces and security forces which had the people and potential to quickly get the country into a forward thinking technically competent mindset, reestablish law and order, and make a prosperous future the goal of all. The second was the refusal to convert the country, either openly or secretly, into three strong states in a weak federation of sunnis, shias, and Kurds along with the “encouraged repatriation” of those who had been drawn outside their “homelands” by Saddam Husein’s policies or economic deprivation.

  • Here’s my take on it (just a theory):
    It was obvious that Bush was hoppin’ mad about 9/11, and rightfully so. Some people believed that Bush was mad to the degree that he was considering “pushing the button”. I think Blair went along with the Iraq war so he could “mitigate” the possibility that Bush would use nukes. Bush had humongous popular support at the time — in the 90% percentile range — not too many people would have complained if he did in fact use nukes!