UK Tony Blair's Advisor: Iraq didn't have WMDs. We were wrong. Bad assumptions
Iraq inquiry: Tony Blair got it wrong, says top aide
Tony Blair's case for going to war in Iraq was dealt a body blow when Jonathan Powell, his closest advisor, admitted "we were wrong".
19 Jan 2010
Mr Blair went to war on a long-standing "assumption" that Saddam Hussein still possessed weapons of mass destruction because he had used them in the past, Mr Powell said.
Intelligence on Saddam's WMD was not the pivotal factor in the decision to go to war in Iraq, Mr Blair's former chief of staff told the Chilcot Inquiry.
Without any concrete evidence that Saddam had destroyed his stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons the Government remained "confident" that he still had them in 2003, the inquiry heard.
Mr Powell said: "Iraq didn't have weapons of mass destruction. We were wrong. The intelligence was wrong.
"When our forces went in, we were absolutely amazed to discover there weren't any weapons of mass destruction."
Bad "assumptions". damn. Going to war on bad intelligence may not be justified, but at least it can be understood. Going to war for any assumption is down right scary.
Aw shucks Mr Blair, it's ok. Mistakes happen and ocassionaaaly hundreds of thousands of people die.....OOPS hehe
oops, MY BAD!!!
JAIL THEM ALL