The BBC reports:
Mistakes made in Iraq, says Straw
Mr Straw, who held the job at the time the UK decided to take part in the 2003 war, said there were things he regretted about the campaign.
Speaking on BBC One’s Question Time, he said “mistakes” were made by the US following the invasion.
State department efforts to ensure a “proper civilian administration” were not followed through, he said.
“The current situation is dire,” he said.
“I think many mistakes were made after the military action – there is no question about it – by the United States administration.
Why? Because they failed to follow the lead of Secretary (of State, Colin) Powell.
That he, and Jack Straw, now have second thoughts on the war, makes them at least somewhat better than Bush and Blair who are “staying the course” of bloodshed.
However, it is still regrettable that many politicians wait with coming back to their senses till after leaving office.
How much better would it have been if Colin Powell, when in the United Nations building the copy of Pablo Picasso’s famous anti war painting Guernica was covered, as the reality of war would contrast too much with his “WMD” speech, would have personally torn the cloth away to make Picasso’s truth visible again.
And would have ripped to little shreds his untruthful speech, and thrown his photoshopped “WMD” slides into the wastepaper basket.
Somewhat like the body double of the dictator, played by Charlie Chaplin, in the closing scene of Chaplin’s film, The Great Dictator.