Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Old News

It isn't exactly a startling revelation that the Bush administration was busy planning a war in Iraq a full year before the invasion. What is interesting is the confirmation that then-British Prime Minister Tony Blair was in on the plan for at least that long.

Tony Blair promised George Bush that Britain would support military action by the United States to overthrow Saddam Hussein in a series of secret notes written a year before the invasion of Iraq.

The content of the notes was revealed yesterday by Mr Blair’s former spokesman, Alastair Campbell.

The Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war was electrified by the appearance of Mr Campbell, who disclosed details of the highly sensitive correspondence in a defiant defence of his former boss.

What is also interesting is that the British have an official inquiry into the Iraq War and that Tony Blair will also be appearing before the inquiry in the coming months.

Of course, the US has no such inquiry. That would be looking backward at a plot that robbed our treasury of $1 trillion, caused the deaths of thousands of American soldiers and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, and left our military in a disastrously weakened state. I guess it just wouldn't be prudent to look carefully at one of the foulest moments in our history so that we can at least try to make certain it never happens again.

It just wouldn't be prudent.



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