Blair’s foreign secretary warned against Iraq invasion

Blair has some supporters left, but the list is shrinking. It’s going to be interesting to hear what he has to say when he eventually speaks at the inquiry. The Guardian:

Straw, foreign secretary at the time, gave what now seems prophetic advice in a letter marked “secret and personal”, 10 days before Blair met George Bush at the US president’s ranch in Crawford, Texas, in April 2002. That was nearly a year before the invasion.

In his letter, about which he is expected to be questioned when he testifies at the Chilcot inquiry this week, Straw warned Blair, then prime minister: “The rewards from your visit to Crawford will be few … there is at present no majority inside the PLP [parliamentary Labour party] for any military action against Iraq.”

Straw warned of two legal “elephant traps”. He said, “regime change per se is no justification for military action”, and “the weight of legal advice here is that a fresh [UN] mandate may well be required”.


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