Colin Powell’s Iraq war document shows Tony Blair lied

This video about Britain says about itself:

18 November 2013

Are the US and UK blocking publication of the Iraq Inquiry report because it includes documents that prove the secret conspiracy between George Bush and Tony Blair to wage an illegal war? Lindsey German, convenor of Stop the War Coalition, says there’s something very suspicious going on.

From daily The Independent in Britain today:

Tony Blair made deal with George Bush over military action in Iraq a year before the war, leaked emails suggest

‘On Iraq, Blair will be with us should military operations be necessary’

Samuel Osborne

Tony Blair said he would support the US if military action was needed in Iraq, the then-US Secretary of State claimed in a memo written a year before the war began.

The dossier, written on 28 March 2002 by former US Secretary of State Colin Powell to President George W Bush, said: “On Iraq, Blair will be with us should military operations be necessary.

“He is convinced on two points: the threat is real; and success against Saddam will yield more regional success.”

The document was obtained by The Mail on Sunday as part of a batch of emails on the private server of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, which US courts forced her to reveal. It was written a week before Mr Blair‘s meeting with Mr Bush at his Crawford ranch in Texas. …

Mr Blair, who served as prime minister between 1997 and 2007, has repeatedly denied rushing to war in Iraq.

During his appearance before the Chilcot inquiry in January 2010, he denied he had struck a secret deal with Mr Bush at Crawford to overthrow Saddam Hussein.

Mr Blair said the two men had agreed on the need to confront the Iraqi dictator, but insisted they did not get into “specifics”.

“The position was not a covert position, it was an open position,” he said.

“This isn’t about a lie or a conspiracy or a deceit or a deception. It’s a decision.

“What I was saying… was ‘We are going to be with you in confronting and dealing with this threat’.”

There is no doubt about it: Tony Blair was on the warpath from early 2002. Colin Powell’s memo confirms what is broadly known, but will add to pressure on Chilcot inquiry to clear up controversy over PM in run-up to invasion of Iraq: here.

Iraq war: Chilcot under pressure to report after leaked Blair-Bush Iraq memo. Note from US secretary of state Colin Powell to president appears to challenge Blair’s assertion that he was not proposing military action in early 2002: here.

Turkish President Erdogan takes selfie at soldier’s funeral, imitating Tony Blair

Turkish President Erdogan takes selfie at soldier's funeral, imitating Tony Blair

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Turkish police raid at magazine’s office because of Erdogan selfie

Today, 14:09

The Turkish police have raided the magazine Nokta. The magazine had a photomontage on its cover showing that President Erdogan takes a selfie during the funeral of a Turkish soldier.

The Turkish counterterrorism unit this morning at 8.30 invaded the magazine’s office in Istanbul and seized various documents. The edition with the photograph of Erdogan on the cover was taken from the shops across the country.

Also it was said that the Twitter account of Nokta was closed because of “insulting the president” and “spreading terrorism“. However, at the moment the account is still online.


The photomontage shows Erdogan taking a photograph of himself at the coffin of a Turkish soldier killed in fighting with the Kurdish PKK. By placing the photo Nokta stands accused of helping opponents of the president.

They claim that Erdogan uses the conflict with the PKK to win support for his AK Party. The editors of the magazine say they were inspired by an edited photograph in 2013 of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Blair on it takes a selfie near an explosion during the war in Iraq.

Tony Blair selfie while Iraq explodes, by Peter Kennard

This month the Dutch journalist Fréderike Geerdink was arrested in Turkey and deported. She reported on the fighting between the PKK and the Turkish army. She said that she was afraid that journalists in Turkey are at the whim of the military.

Turkish government and ISIS: here. And here.

British Blairite smears leftist Corbyn as ‘ISIS terrorist’

This video from Britain says about itself:

Does Tony Blair‘s Face Belong On Milk Cartons? Russell Brand The Trews (E151)

22 September 2014

Reaction to news today that Tony Blair has said British boots on the ground in Iraq should not be ruled out and that ISIS are “precisely” the same terrorist forces he battled during the conflict.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Labour First’s Akehurst putting off new activists

Monday 7th September 2015

A LEADING right-wing Labour Party organiser was blasted yesterday for putting off new activists by comparing the rise of Jeremy Corbyn to the spread of Islamic State (Isis).

Luke Akehurst, former secretary of pre-Blairite right-wing faction Labour First, was quoted making the comparison in the Observer.

“The analogy an MP gave me was that these people are moving through the party like Isis in their jeeps in Iraq,” he said. “They need to push on, take over, before they lose the momentum.”

But Tessa Frost, a new member in Mr Akehurst’s own Oxford East constituency who joined Labour before Mr Corbyn declared his candidacy, was not impressed by the former NEC member’s comments.

“Luke seems to fail to understand that repeatedly insulting our intelligence, calling us the ‘bad guys’ and making these comparisons makes for an incredibly alienating and hostile environment for new members,” she told the Star.

“I’m not the only member who won’t be looking forward to our next constituency Labour Party meeting because it means chancing a real life encounter with him.”

ATTEMPTS to undermine Jeremy Corbyn by forcibly packing his shadow cabinet with his opponents would amount to a “coup,” Labour democracy campaigners said yesterday. The revelation that MPs are still planning to remove the leader’s power to appoint shadow ministers in spite of party rules came as a prominent organiser on Labour’s right wing compared Mr Corbyn’s rise to the spread of Isis in Iraq. Members of the shadow cabinet have been appointed by the leader since 2011, when Ed Miliband ended the long-standing practice of elections among MPs: here.

Tony Blair was warned by his intelligence chiefs that invading Iraq would increase the terror threat facing Britain. If MPs had known this, would they have voted for war? Here.

Corbyn ‘insane’ for not invading Iraq, Tony Blair says

Tony Blair, Jeremy Corbyn, and the Iraq war

From the British satirical site The Daily Mash:

Corbyn insane not to invade Iraq, says Blair


JEREMY Corbyn’s lack of a plan to invade Iraq would spell disaster for Labour, Tony Blair has claimed.

The former prime minister attacked Corbyn’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ politics, saying Labour would be unable to win future elections without a huge war instigated by right-wing Americans.

Blair said: “He clearly has no plans for an invasion of Iraq, which is an insult to British voters who so wisely put their faith in me, George W. Bush and Jesus.

“He needs to ditch this drivel about taxing the rich and set out his bombing plans. Right now, I don’t know who he wants to bomb, or if he even wants to bomb at all.”

He added: “In politics you’ve got to be realistic. That’s why the next Labour leader needs to re-invade Iraq using these special robot soldiers I’ve drawn and coloured in myself.

“They’re nuclear and have lasers.”

Iraq war questions Chilcot won’t ask, let alone answer: here.

Chilcot under pressure to report after leaked Blair-Bush Iraq memo. Note from US secretary of state Colin Powell to president appears to challenge Blair’s assertion that he was not proposing military action in early 2002: here.