Bush, Blair Iraq war lies, new information


British demonstrators condemn Tony Blair outside the Chilcot Inquiry in 2010

From daily News Line in Britain:

Thursday, 11 April 2019

WAR ON IRAQ PLANNED LONG BEFORE 2003

SIXTEEN years on from the start of the illegal US-led invasion of Iraq, further evidence has emerged that the war was planned long before the attack took place and that the stated reason for it, ie ‘Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction’ was bogus.

Speaking before the House of Commons Constitutional Affairs Committee last week, the former head of the Royal Navy, Admiral The Lord West of Spithead, revealed that he was told in June 2002, ‘that we would be invading Iraq with America at the beginning of the following year’.

‘It was quite clear that the Government were thinking we have to get Parliament and others on side. But what was interesting was that as it developed, there was all this stuff on weapons of mass destruction and everything, and it did seem to me that people were looking for a casus belli that they could discuss in Parliament,’ Lord West said.

Let’s think back to what we – the public – were actually told in 2002/3. Bush and Blair and their acolytes repeatedly said that the Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein could prevent war by admitting he had WMDs and disarming.

As late as 25th February 2003, Blair was saying that ‘even now’ Saddam could avoid war by ‘accepting the UN route to disarmament.’ ‘I do not want war,’ he told the House of Commons. ‘I do not believe anyone in this House wants war. But disarmament peacefully can only happen with Saddam’s active co-operation.’

But it’s clear that whatever Saddam did, he and his country were going to be hit with Shock and Awe. The whole charade of weapons inspectors, sent in to search for weapons that were not there, was designed to try and convince people that war was a last resort and not the first option.

Crucially, the invasion had to come before the weapons inspectors finished their job and gave Iraq a clean bill of health – as then the pretext for war would have gone. Admiral West’s revelations, which follow on from similar comments he made in 2016, are not the only ones we’ve had from Inside the Tent figures about what was really going on in 2002/3.

In his memoir My Life, Our Times, published in November 2017, Gordon Brown, the Chancellor of the Exchequer in 2003, admitted that the Iraq War was ‘not justified’.

He also said ‘we were all misled on the existence of WMDs’.

According to Brown, a key US intelligence report which not only refuted the claim that Iraq was producing WMDs, but also their ‘current ability to do so’, was not seen by the British government. An attempt to pass the buck? You make your own mind up. Earlier, the former British Ambassador to Washington, Sir Christopher Meyer, said that President Bush had first asked Tony Blair for his support in a war against Iraq at a private White House dinner just nine days after the 9-11 terror attacks, which had absolutely nothing to do with Iraq.

We also know from the Chilcot Inquiry that on 28th July 2002, Tony Blair sent Bush a memo in which he pledged ‘I will be with you, whatever.’ He went on: ‘The military part of this is hazardous but I will concentrate mainly on the political context for success’.

That involved trying to ‘encapsulate our casus belli in some defining way’, with weapons inspections the chosen route. ‘If he (Saddam) did say yes, we continue the build-up and we send teams over and the moment he obstructs, we say: he”s back to his games.

‘That’s it. In any event, he would probably screw it up and not meet the deadline, and if he came forward after the deadline, we would just refuse to deal.’ As for timing, Blair says ‘we could start building up after the break. A strike date could be Jan/Feb next year.’

Blair continued to scare us witless right up to the launch of the invasion in March 2003 about Saddam’s deadly arsenal. A critical claim, contained in the so-called ‘September Dossier’, was the one that Iraq possessed chemical weapons which could be assembled and launched within 45 minutes.

This led to the infamous ‘Brits 45 minutes from Doom’ headline in Rupert Murdoch’s Sun and similarly terrifying headlines in other newspapers. Yet in 2004, Blair said that he had not realised before the war that the alleged weapons were not missiles but only battlefield munitions.

Former Foreign Secretary Robin Cook wrote in the Guardian: ‘I was astonished by his reply as I had been briefed that Saddam’s weapons were only battlefield ones and I could not conceive that the prime minister had been given a different version.’

In July 2003 a Foreign Affairs committee report declared: ‘We conclude that the 45 minutes claim did not warrant the prominence given to it in the dossier, because it was based on intelligence from a single, uncorroborated source.’

It is clear that the Iraq War was a plan hatched by neocon extremists in Washington and lurid claims of Iraqi WMDs, which did not exist, were made to justify it. The Nuremberg Judgement of the trial of the WW2 Nazi leaders stated: ‘War is essentially an evil thing. Its consequences are not confined to the belligerent states alone, but affect the whole world.

‘To initiate a war of aggression, therefore, is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.’

The Iraq War was clearly a war of aggression, and as such, an example of ‘the supreme international crime’, yet, sixteen years on, no one has been held accountable for it. That’s in spite of over 1m people losing their lives following the invasion and the war greatly increasing the threat from terrorist groups.

Even Tony Blair himself has conceded there were ‘elements of truth’ in the claims that the Iraq War led to the rise of Daesh/IS [ISIS]. Worse still, the war on Iraq was followed by more aggression against Libya, in 2011, and Syria, wars which like the invasion of Iraq, have helped provoke a refugee crisis of Biblical proportions.

Let’s go back to 27th January 1998, more than three and a half years before 9-11.

It was on that date that a letter was sent to President Clinton, on behalf of the neoconservative ‘Project for a New American Century’.

The letter called for ‘removing Saddam Hussein and his regime from power. That now has to be the aim of American foreign policy’. Among the signatories to the call to arms were Elliott Abrams and John Bolton.

Abrams is now the US special envoy to Venezuela– and seeking regime change in Caracas, while Bolton is President Trump’s National Security Advisor and warning us about Iran’s ‘nuclear weapons programme’. It’s as if the Iraq War never happened.

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Tony Blair, musical parody videos


This 14 September musical parody video from Britain is called BlairBushes & Blairs

It says about itself:

Tony Blair‘s Blur tribute band looks back at his dynamic partnership with George W. Bush.

LYRICS:

Calais’s a jungle, full of refugees
Following the swarm down to Greece
Hoping to stay
Back in the ‘90s, I became PM
Then I brazenly flaunted the UN
And went to war

Bushes and Blairs make the greatest of pairs
Sharing secret memos, ignoring your demos
Millions of you marched, and I had to laugh

Avoiding all proof, ‘cause none was available
Now every time I speak, I earn sums of one, two, three, four, five figures
I got bad intel, I heard they had weapons
Of mass destruction
, but they didn’t
All I can say is “oops”

Bushes and Blairs make the greatest of pairs
Sharing secret memos, ignoring your demos
Millions of you marched, and I had to laugh

This 15 September musical parody video from Britain is called Blair – Warcrime.

It says about itself:

Classic hit from Tony Blair‘s Blur tribute band.

LYRICS: Arrogance is a preference for the historical perpetrator of what is known as…war crime!
And one’s own legacy can be salvaged if you gloss right over what is known as…war crime!
Tony is pro-EU, he’s not intimidated by the calls for him to shut up, he’ll say his bit…war crime!
Who’s that EU president? You should get rid of Jean-Claude Juncker, mate, try me on for size!

All the people, so many people, and they all died exploding, exploding in my war crime
Know what I mean

I get up to what I want, except on Wednesdays when I have to collect a big sack of money from JP Morganwar crime!
I put my trousers on, have a stiff whisky and I think about moving to an even bigger housewar crime!
I do some charity work, I sometimes act as a peace envoy too, it gives me an enormous sense of wellbeing…war crime!
And then I’m happy for the rest of the day, safe in the knowledge that the Chilcot report will probably never see the light of day

All the people, so many people, and they all died exploding, exploding in my war crime
It’s got nothing to do with my corporate ties, you know, my support for the EU
And it’s not about you social justice warriors, who go round and round and round and round
All the people, so many people, and they all died exploding, exploding in my war crime

This 16 September musical parody video from Britain is called Blair – There is a Third Way.

It says about itself:

On the new single from Tony Blair‘s Blur tribute band, the former PM hits out at Jeremy Corbyn and defends his own approach.

LYRICS:

You’re taking the ‘New’ out of ‘New Labour
You’re like Obi-Wan without a lightsaber
Ideologically, how can we be neighbours?
Tony wants his party back

There is a Third Way, there is a Third Way
Neoliberalism saves the day!
There is a Third Way, there is a Third Way
Moderate centrism saves the day!

You’re taking Labour too far to the left
You probably believe that property is theft
Your economics would leave so bereft
You can’t ignore the private sector

There is a Third Way, there is a Third Way
Neoliberalism saves the day!
There is a Third Way, there is a Third Way
Centrist moderation saves the day!

No to Trump’s, Blair’s warmongering


This video from the USA says about itself:

Syria War Being Justified By Same Type of Propaganda As Iraq; Stop Believing the Lies

12 December 2016

LONG Source List Below

After decades of the United States rationalizing war and regime change on lies, the American people no longer get a pass to blindly accept more of the same in Syria. JUST like it was ENTIRELY possible to know in real time that the justifications for war in Iraq were predicated on lies, so it is with Syria. We stand on the edge of escalating a conflict which could trigger a much wider war, and the corporate FAKE news media AGAIN acts as stenographers for lies. SHAMEFUL.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Friday, April 13, 2018

We must not be bulldozed into another war by Blair and co

THERESA MAY has no mandate to order Britain’s air force to take part in any bombing spree against Syria, which would not only be illegal but fraught with danger.

Securing a Cabinet majority for tailing behind whatever decision is taken across the Atlantic will confer neither legality nor justification for further death and destruction in Syria.

Those who advocate bombing Syria don’t even justify their stance militarily, talking airily about “punishing” or “sending a message to” Bashar al-Assad, Vladimir Putin or both of them.

This is typical of the woolly thinking that passes for rigorous debate among the political elite in Parliament and mass media.

It is confused, dishonest and potentially dangerous for all bar those who prattle on about the need for military action, especially in central Asia, the Middle East and north Africa, from the safety of their cosy Westminster benches.

Surely it beggars belief that disgraced former prime minister and serial war criminal Tony Blair is again parading through media news rooms to share his opinion that he supports military action in Syria.

“If the US are taking action, we should be prepared to be alongside them”, he told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme as though we’ve all drawn a line under the lies he told to cajole pliable Labour MPs to back the disastrous 2003 invasion of Iraq.

While Labour’s membership has moved on from the Blair years — and has swollen manyfold in response to the election of a consistent peace campaigner as leaderits parliamentary ranks remain blighted by too many armchair generals.

Labour Party organisations and constituents should act quickly to contact all MPs — not only the usual violence fetishists — to demand that they oppose the drive to war and insist that May does not go behind the back of Parliament to approve military action.

Jeremy Corbyn has been a consistent voice for sanity in this crisis, following the same principled approach he has adopted in similar circumstances when warmongers, backed by the mass media, have tried to intimidate peace forces into silence.

If Russian or US planes are shot down or troops on the ground are attacked, escalation can be all but guaranteed.

Moscow has indicated that it will not withdraw its forces from defensive positions around airfields and other key installations to give the US air force a free run to hit the Syrian army or its Iranian, Lebanese and other allies.

Russia has drawn a line between international law and imperialist piracy and is unlikely to retreat from this position.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has already declared its intention to send investigation teams to Douma to seek evidence of the chemical attack that jihadist-linked groups insist took place and which is denied by both Damascus and Moscow.

The May government approached OPCW for confirmation of the agent used to poison Sergei and Yulia Skripal. Why not wait to see what it reports on Douma?

Britain has already been bulldozed by Blair and company into one mass bloodletting on the basis of false evidence that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. We don’t need another just 15 years later.

Corbyn is not alone in demanding that Parliament should have the final say on military action.

The Liberal Democrats and Scottish nationalists also want a vote but have not spoken out against the Tories’ war fever, raising fears that they will back air raids amid inconsequential nitpicking.

They and the government must be told unmistakably that people in Britain don’t want another war.

Don’t take us into another illegal war. As May summons her cabinet to discuss military action in Syria, MPs warn against doing so without giving Parliament a say: here.