British Doubted Iraq Invasion Explanations

Newly released documents indicate there was widespread doubt among many members of the British government in 2003 when Tony Blair presented reasons for the invasion of Iraq. An email from an official speaks sarcastically about claims Iraq is engaged in nuclear development by saying, “Dr. Frankenstein, I presume..” There were efforts on the part of some to hedge their bets by using language suggesting the lack of certainty about Blair’s claims. One official suggested to others working on the rationale for invasion, “you need to hedge your judgments,” and use language to indicate there was no certainty about the supposed nuclear or other activities of Saddam Hussein.

It is clear Tony Blair wanted to receive arguments in support of invading Iraq and he wanted officials to find reasons to doubt opposing arguments. And, despite this history, Tony Blair is currently working on “peace” in the Middle East.