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Case for war blown apart
    #1587077 - 05/29/03 02:02 AM (13 years, 6 months ago)

http://news.independent.co.uk/world/politics/story.jsp?story=410484

The case for war is blown apart
By Ben Russell and Andy McSmith in Kuwait City
29 May 2003


Tony Blair stood accused last night of misleading Parliament and the British people over Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction, and his claims that the threat posed by Iraq justified war.

Robin Cook, the former foreign secretary, seized on a "breathtaking" statement by the US Defence Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, that Iraq's weapons may have been destroyed before the war, and anger boiled over among MPs who said the admission undermined the legal and political justification for war.

Mr Blair insisted yesterday he had "absolutely no doubt at all about the existence of weapons of mass destruction".

But Mr Cook said the Prime Minister's claims that Saddam could deploy chemical or biological weapons within 45 minutes were patently false. He added that Mr Rumsfeld's statement "blows an enormous gaping hole in the case for war made on both sides of the Atlantic" and called for MPs to hold an investigation.

Meanwhile, Labour rebels threatened to report Mr Blair to the Speaker of the Commons for the cardinal sin of misleading Parliament - and force him to answer emergency questions in the House.

Mr Rumsfeld ignited the row in a speech in New York, declaring: "It is ... possible that they [Iraq] decided that they would destroy them prior to a conflict and I don't know the answer."

Speaking in the Commons before the crucial vote on war, Mr Blair told MPs that it was "palpably absurd" to claim that Saddam had destroyed weapons including 10,000 litres of anthrax, up to 6,500 chemical munitions; at least 80 tons of mustard gas, sarin, botulinum toxin and "a host of other biological poisons".

But Mr Cook said yesterday: "We were told Saddam had weapons ready for use within 45 minutes. It's now 45 days since the war has finished and we have still not found anything.

"It is plain he did not have that capacity to threaten us, possibly did not have the capacity to threaten even his neighbours, and that is profoundly important. We were, after all, told that those who opposed the resolution that would provide the basis for military action were in the wrong.

"Perhaps we should now admit they were in the right."

The build-up to war: What they said

Intelligence leaves no doubt that Iraq continues to possess and conceal lethal weapons

George Bush, Us President 18 March, 2003

We are asked to accept Saddam decided to destroy those weapons. I say that such a claim is palpably absurd

Tony Blair, Prime Minister 18 March, 2003

Saddam's removal is necessary to eradicate the threat from his weapons of mass destruction

Jack Straw, Foreign Secretary 2 April, 2003

Before people crow about the absence of weapons of mass destruction, I suggest they wait a bit

Tony Blair 28 April, 2003

It is possible Iraqi leaders decided they would destroy them prior to the conflict

Donald Rumsfeld, US Defence Secretary 28 May, 2003


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Re: Case for war blown apart [Re: Xlea321]
    #1587359 - 05/29/03 03:52 AM (13 years, 6 months ago)

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Meanwhile, Labour rebels threatened to report Mr Blair to the Speaker of the Commons for the cardinal sin of misleading Parliament - and force him to answer emergency questions in the House.




We need something like that here in the US.


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Re: Case for war blown apart [Re: GabbaDj]
    #1587367 - 05/29/03 03:55 AM (13 years, 6 months ago)

"Misleading parliament", I like that, how about outright lying to parliament? I remember an interview where Blair said he was willing to risk his carreer over Iraq, it's about time someone called his bluff.


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Re: Case for war blown apart [Re: Xlea321]
    #1588103 - 05/29/03 08:20 AM (13 years, 6 months ago)

Oh I hope this story gets big.




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Re: Case for war blown apart [Re: Xlea321]
    #1588543 - 05/29/03 01:28 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

Mr. Blair didn't know rumsfeld would say:

"It is possible that they [Iraq] decided that they would destroy them prior to a conflict and I don't know the answer."

Guess they shoulda got thier story straight first.  I saw this all before the war, as did many others, but i guess its becoming clear now which people were mislead. :smirk:


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