Sunday, October 22, 2006

Tony's unwinnable war....




Henry Porter calls for Blair’s impeachment at The Observer.
Quite right too. Tony Blair made 28 statements about Iraq's weapons of “mass destruction” that were unsupported by the intelligence assessments available to him and failed to disclose available counter evidence, or failed to ensure that claims were verified on 12 occasions. Blair failed to withdraw material later found to be false and entered into an agreement with the US without the consent of the Cabinet, Parliament or the people of the UK.

The Iraq Study Group, chaired by the former Secretary of State James Baker, made it abundantly clear last week that he does not believe the present Iraq policy is working. Following the results of the American mid-term elections, US politicians will probably opt for an early exit. General Sir Richard Dannatt's comments about the need for a swift pull-out of UK troops seem to have forced Blair into a sobering reassessments of the conflict and he has now started talking about a UK military withdrawal in the next 10-16 months. Contrary to what Blair has been saying since the invasion, it is one hundred percent certain that the US/UK forces will be out of Iraq before a sustainable peace has been achieved there.Mission unaccomplished. For Blair, the political writing was on the wall long ago. As Denis Healey, a former Labour defence secretary and a notable Atlanticist in his time, warned in September 2002: “I don't think he [Blair] would survive overwhelming public and party opposition to British support for an American attack.” Blair hasn’t survived. It is largely because of Iraq that he will not complete a third term in Downing St.
But, more importantly, what of Iraq and its benighted people?

As Colbert King put it in yesterday’s Washington Post :
There is a new Iraq emerging before our eyes. It is an Iraq that torments Christians, that indulges in unrelenting sectarian bloodbaths, that cheers for Hizbollah, that is no more a friend to Israel than is Iran, all despite the lies sold to the White House and Pentagon by self-serving, power-hungry Iraqi expatriates.

Iraq is now close to anarchy. The war is lost.

It’s amazing how much Tony has got away with but on the positive side, Iraq will continue to trouble Blair’s attempts at building a ‘legacy’, if not necessarily his conscience.

5 comments:

CityUnslicker said...

Much as the war is an utter disaster, I don't think Blair should be impeached. He made mistakes, but would a Tory PM really have done thisings any differently?

One of the worst fall-outs is the position re Iran. Now no parliament will want to fight a war on the scale of the current ones for a generation or so; this will allow the development of the muslim fundamentalist states in the Middle East. Sadly this may lead to something akin to a wrold war in 20 years time. But let's hope things turn for the better before then.

istanbultory said...

Thanks, Cityunslicker. Blair made more than just make mistakes.
There is an overwhelmingly case for an inquiry into the judgments of ministers, and in particular the prime minister, in the run-up to war and thereafter. The failure to plan for the aftermath has resulted in the violent insurgency now tearing Iraq apart. In a more general sense, how can Tony Blair police the ministerial code when he himself is guilty of breaching it?

And you are absolutely right on Iran. The failures in Iraq preclude any thing other than the weakest of responses to Iran. Game, set and match to Tehran.

CityUnslicker said...

Chasing for impeachment sounds to me like the Republicans in the US chasgin down Clinton. It achieved nothing, it jsut proved they could not beat him at the ballot box, so would take him on by other means.

Blair will be gone in a few months, save your eneergy for the next battle now that this is won.

istanbultory said...

I suppose it is too late in the day to be gunning for an impeachment. And it would probably just serve ro rally the spineless bulk of Labour cannon fodder at Westminster in defence of the Dear Leader. But in moral, if not political terms, it would have been the right thing to do......

CityUnslicker said...

I will pay more attention to my spelling in future. I see for my reply above that it has reached a new low...