Iraq War Drumbeat: Ten Years Later Blair Concedes


Blair and BushAfter a decade, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair seems to be finally coming to terms with the decision to follow the United States and President George W. Bush into what would become arguably the worst foreign policy decision made by any president:

He said he had made the best of an “ugly” choice between taking action against the Iraqi dictator in 2003 or running the risk that Hussein would launch chemical and biological attacks against his own people or the outside world.

“There are actually significant improvements in many parts of the country for the people, but I agree with you, it’s not nearly what it should be,” the former Labour leader told the BBC in an interview marking ten years since the invasion.

Around 162,000 people, almost 80 percent of them civilians, were killed in Iraq between the start of the US-led invasion and the withdrawal of US forces in December 2011, according to British NGO Iraq Body Count.

Attacks continue, with 1,500 people killed in violence in Iraq last year according to an AFP toll.

Blair, who stepped down in 2007 after ten years as prime minister, said he thought constantly about the people who lost their lives in the conflict.

“But in the end you’re elected as prime minister to take these decisions. The question is, supposing I had taken the opposite decision?” he said.

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