SIR JOHN Chilcot did the world a service by exposing the “deception” at the heart of the government’s so-called war on terror, which continues to have “catastrophic” consequences today, a Yorkshire academic said today.
Professor Piers Robinson said Chilcot’s criticism today that Tony Blair had not been “straight with the nation” about his decisions in the run-up to the Iraq War, vindicated the early assessment of him by the vilified former BBC reporter Andrew Gilligan.
In full: Laura Kuenssberg interview with Sir John Chilcot
Watch the full interview by BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg with Sir John Chilcot, one year after his inquiry reported into the 2003 Iraq War.
Tony Blair relied on emotions not facts for Iraq war, says Sir John Chilcot
Tony Blair relied on emotional beliefs rather than facts in his decision to take Britain to war in Iraq, Sir John Chilcot has said.
The chairman of the seven-year inquiry into the legality of the conflict said that he believed Mr Blair was not “straight with the nation” when choosing to join the US coalition to remove Saddam Hussein from power.
In his first interview since he published his report, which concluded that the former prime minister had overstated the threat from Iraq, Sir John added that Mr Blair should not have committed himself to supporting the US before establishing the legal basis for war.