"About 10 days after 9/11, I went through the Pentagon, and I saw
Secretary Rumsfeld and Deputy Secretary Wolfowitz. I went downstairs just to say hello
to some of the people on the Joint Staff who used to work for me, and one of the
generals called me in. . . . He says, "We've made the decision
we're going to war with Iraq." This was on or about the 20th of September. . . .
--Gen. Wesley Clark, "'
So I came back to see him a few weeks later, and by that time we were bombing in
Afghanistan. I said, "Are we still going to war with Iraq?" And he said, "Oh, it's worse
than that." . . . "This is a memo that describes how we're going to take out seven countries
in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and,
finishing off, Iran."
'," democracynow.org, March 2, 2007]
Countries in Five Years
[The 45-minute claim was a key feature of the dossier about Iraq's weapons
of mass destruction that was released by Tony Blair in September 2002. Blair
published the information to bolster public support for war.--Andrew
Guardian, December 8, 2009]
45-minute WMD claim 'came from an Iraqi taxi driver'
[Iraq is on course to overtake Iran as the holder of the world's
second-largest proven oil reserves, solidifying its position as the energy
industry's new frontier in the scramble to secure fresh resources.--Carola
," Financial Times, December 11, 2009]
set to be second in oil league table
[The responsibility for launching the war must be judged against the
knowledge that the allies had when they actually started it. The UK should
have recognised that no smoking gun had been found at any time, and that in
the months before the invasion evidence of WMD was beginning to unravel. As
we have heard recently: out of 19 Iraqi sites suspected by the UK Ð and
suggested to the UN monitoring, verification and inspection commission for
inspection (Unmovic) -- 10 were actually inspected, and while "interesting",
none turned up any WMD. This warning that sources were not reliable seems to
have been ignored. Intelligence organisations seem to have been 100%
convinced of the existence of WMD but to have had 0% knowledge where they
were. Worse still: the uranium contract between Iraq and Niger that George
Bush had given prominence in his 2002 state of the union message was found
by the International Atomic Energy Agency to be a forgery.--Hans Blix, "
," Guardian, December 14, 2009]
Blair sold Iraq on WMD, but only regime
change adds up
[In testimony to the Chilcot Inquiry, spymaster Sir John Sawers and Sir
Nigel Sheinwald, Britain's ambassador in Washington, both admitted they now
agonise over whether the UK should have joined the invasion.--Tim Shipman,
," Daily Mail, December 17, 2009]
key Iraq war aides desert him: Spy chief and top envoy tell inquiry of their
[The London Times on December 14 summed up the case against Blair in a
by Power, Blair Tricked Us Into War." Two days later the
British First Post declared: " War Crime Case Against Tony
Blair Now Rock-solid."--Paul Craig Roberts, " ?," antiwar.com, December 26, 2009]
Have Americans Traded Freedom For
Gilbert Kreijger, "
," Independent, January 13, 2010
Iraq invasion had no legal
mandate, says Dutch panel
Gordon Rayner and Andrew Porter, "
Telegraph, January 13, 2010
Lord Goldsmith 'materially' changed legal advice in days before war
January 18, 2010
Straw's leaked letter to Blair on Iraq: 'Regime
change per se is no justification for military action'
David Pilditch, "
," express.co.uk, January 27, 2010
TONY BLAIR 'WARNED BY 27 LAWYERS IRAQ WAR
Philippe Naughton, "
," Times Online,
January 29, 2010
Blair admits Saddam threat was overstated
Glenn Greenwald, "
," salon.com, January 29, 2010
Remember the illegal destruction of Iraq? Britain formally
investigates whether their actions were criminal, while we look away ever
Glen Owen, "
Mail, January 30, 2010
to launch 'Nuremberg' war crimes prosecution against Blair
," BBC News, February 2, 2010
says cabinet misled on war legality
Jason Groves, "
," Daily Mail, March 19, 2010
Blair's fight to
keep his oil cash secret: Former PM's deals are revealed as his earnings
since 2007 reach £20million
[ . . . hazardous material from US bases is being dumped locally rather than
sent back to America, in clear breach of Pentagon rules.--Oliver August, "
Sunday Times, June 14, 2010]
leaves Iraq a toxic legacy of dumped hazardous materials
[Carne Ross claimed that Britain and the United States privately did not
believe that Iraq's weapons programmes posed a "substantial threat" before
launching the 2003 invasion.--Nigel Morris, "
," Independent, July 12, 2010]
WMD claims were lies says former
," Aljazeera, July 20,
Iraq war 'triggered UK bomb plots'
Nicholas Watt, "
," Guardian, July 21, 2010
Nick Clegg's 'illegal' Iraq war gaffe prompts legal
," Independent, July 25, 2010
Iraq was always wrong. Now we have proof
[Blair conspired in and executed an unprovoked war of aggression against a
defenseless country, which the Nuremberg judges in 1946 described as the
"paramount war crime." This has caused, according to scholarly studies, the
deaths of more than a million people, a figure that exceeds the Fordham
University estimate of deaths in the Rwandan genocide.--John Pilger, "
," antiwar.com, August
Tony Blair Must Be Prosecuted
Lauren Booth, "
," dissidentvoice.org, September 5, 2010
Al Quds Day Letter to Tony Blair
Michael O'Brien, "
," antiwar.com, September 9, 2010
US Leaving Iraq in Worse Shape Than
VIDEO: " ," TheRealNews, September 13,
Investigates Iraq War - US is Silent
[Had Hans Blix, the then UN chief weapons inspector, been given the
additional three months he requested, your plans could have been thwarted.
You and George W Bush feared this. If you had respected international law,
you would not, following Operation Desert Fox in December 1998, have allowed
your forces to launch attacks from two no-fly zones.--"
October 1, 2010]
Sponeck: A UN Man's Open Letter to Tony Blair
Robert Booth, "
," Guardian, November 30, 2010
WikiLeaks cable reveals secret pledge to protect US
at Iraq inquiry
[One document, previously leaked, notes that Blair told Bush at a meeting in
Washington on 31 January 2003, less than two months before the invasion,
that "he was solidly with the president". That was his response after Bush
said military action would be taken with or without a new UN resolution and
the day after Goldsmith warned Blair that an invasion of Iraq would be
unlawful without a fresh UN resolution. Goldsmith subsquently changed his
mind.--Richard Norton-Taylor, "
," Guardian, January 18, 2011]
chief blocks release of Blair's notes to Bush on Iraq
Richard Norton-Taylor, "
," Guardian, May 12, 2011
Iraq dossier drawn up to make case for war - intelligence
Dennis Jett, "
," McClatchy Newspapers, August 11, 2011
Ignoring the past doesn't erase our responsibility for
The Wisdom Fund, September 11, 2011
American Patriots: Muslims Didn't Do 9/11
Andy McSmith, "
," Independent, May 21, 2012
Tony Blair and George Bush's phone conversation a week
before Iraq invasion 'must be released'
[The offence is known by two names in international law: the crime of
aggression and a crime against peace. It is defined by the Nuremberg
principles as the "planning, preparation, initiation or waging of a war of
aggression". This means a war fought for a purpose other than self-defence:
in other words outwith articles 33 and 51 of the UN Charter.--George
," Guardian, September 3, 2012]
We're One Crucial Step Closer to Seeing Tony Blair at The
[Hitherto unseen evidence given to the Chilcot Inquiry by British
intelligence has revealed that former prime minister Tony Blair was told that Iraq had,
at most, only a trivial amount of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and that Libya was
in this respect a far greater threat.--Jonathan Owen, "
Independent, April 7, 2013]
Tony Blair and Iraq: The damning evidence
James R. Holmes, "
," thediplomat.com, August 31, 2013
Chemical Weapons are NOT WMDs
Craig Murray, former UK ambassador, reveals truth about war on Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, September 17, 2014
James Cusick, "
independent.co.uk, November 14, 2013
blocks publication of Chilcot's report on how Britain went to war with Iraq
Glen Owen and William Lowther, "
," dailymail.co.uk, October 17, 2015
gun emails reveal Blair's 'deal in blood' with George Bush over Iraq war was forged a YEAR
before the invasion had even started
," dailynewsbin.com, October 18, 2015
Hillary Clinton's emails reveal evidence that George W.
Bush committed treason
Peter Oborne, "
," opendemocracy.net, October 28, 2015
We Don't Need to Wait for Chilcot, Blair Lied to Us
About Iraq. Here's the Evidence
Sean Adl-Tabatabai, "
," yournewswire.com, March 28, 2016
Declassified CIA Document Reveals Iraq War Had Zero
Robert Mendick, "
," telegraph.co.uk, July 2, 2016
Outrage as war crimes prosecutors say Tony Blair will
not be investigated over Chilcot's Iraq war report -- but British soldiers could
," bbc.com, July 8, 2016
Summary: Sir John Chilcot's Iraq
War Inquiry Report
UK went to war "before peaceful options for disarmament
exhausted" - military action was "not last resort"
2003 invasion was based on "flawed intelligence and
assessments" that went unchallenged
Threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction were
"presented with certainty that was not justified"
Ex-PM Tony Blair says decision for action made "in good
faith" and he will take "full responsibility for any
Families of Britons killed during Iraq War say conflict
was "a fiasco" and do not rule out legal action
David Cameron giving Commons statement - says sacrifice
of those who died will never be forgotten
Iraq Inquiry says invasion 'not last resort'
[Iraqi government representatives told Zaiwalla that they were prepared to do a deal
with the US government, and that "everything was on the table" - including the
resignation of Hussein--Will Heilpern, "
," ericmargolis.com, July 9, 2016]
Letters to Tony Blair: Saddam Hussein's lawyer wrote these letters as
part of a plan for the Iraqi leader to step down before war was declared - but Blair
[The planned invasion of Iraq was not about nuclear weapons or democracy, as Bush
claimed. Two powerful factions in Washington were beating the war drums: ardently
pro-Israel neoconservatives who yearned to see an enemy of Israel destroyed, and a cabal
of conservative oil men and imperialists around Vice President Dick Cheney who sought to
grab Iraq's huge oil reserves at a time they believed oil was running out.
engineered the Iraq War, as blatant and illegal an aggression as Hitler's invasion of
Poland in 1939.--Eric Margolis, " ," ericmargolis.com, July 9, 2016]
our war criminals to the Hague court
. . .
Iraq War didn't begin on March 20, 2003 as everybody thought, it
began ten months earlier on May 20, 2002 when the allies started the secret
air war. It was definitely illegal because it started six months before the UN Security
Council passed Resolution 1441
Planning for the illegal air war began shortly after Tony Blair attended a summit with
George Bush at the U.S. President's ranch in Crawford, Texas on April 6 and 7, 2002.--Michael
," antiwar.com, July 26, 2016]
Secret US-UK Airwar Against Iraq
Philippe Sands, "
," lrb.co.uk, July 28, 2016
Report of the Iraq Inquiry by John Chilcot
Ray McGovern, "9/11 Fifteen Years Later - What Have We Learned?" September 11, 2016 (at 23 min)
["We never thought about using weapons of mass destruction. It was not discussed. Use
chemical weapons against the world? Is there anyone with full faculties who would do
this? Who would use these weapons when they had not been used against us?"--Will Worley, "
independent.co.uk, December 19, 2016]
US 'got it so
wrong' on Saddam Hussein, says CIA interrogator of the Iraq dictator
Owen Bowcott, "
," theguardian.com, July 5, 2017
Tony Blair should be prosecuted over Iraq war, high
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' *
There was no imminent threat from Saddam--" ,"
theguardian.com, July 6, 2017]
Chilcot report: key points from the Iraq inquiry
[High court rules that there is no crime of aggression in English law under which former
PM could be charged--Owen Bowcott, "
," theguardian.com, July 31, 2017]
Tony Blair prosecution over Iraq war blocked by
"A Brief History of U.S. Intervention in Iraq Over the Past Half Century," The Intercept, April 9, 2018