The ongoing saga of how the decision for war against Iraq was made by the English government continues to raise more questions than answers. Attorney General Lord Goldsmith told Prime Minister Tony Blair in July, 2002 that an invasion of Iraq without specific authorization by the UN Security Council raised serious legal issues. He made clear to the prime minister the absence of such authorization meant the proposed invasion would be an illegal action. He even pointed out that by simply assisting the US invasion, his nation would be engaged in supporting an illegal invasion. Prime MInister Tony Blair was obviously irritated by this information and responded, “we do not need any further advice on this matter.” Of course, the Chilcot inquiry has witnessed other members of the Blair Cabinet also state they advised against invasion on the ground there was no evidence of any WMD.
For some reason, Attorney General Goldsmith on March 7, 2003, just days before the invasion did a flip flop and told Blair the invasion was a legal action. Why did he change his mind? Did anyone help change his mind? Did Prime Minister Tony Blair play a role in this mind change? These questions have yet to be answered.