Former British PM Tony Blair Defends War in Iraq, Lack of WMD’s and Removal of Sadam Hussein … “I would still have thought it right to remove him”


Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair defends the war in Iraq and the ousting of Saddam Hussein, even with out the presence of WMD’s, weapons of mass destruction.

“I would still have thought it right to remove him.”

Tony Blair, hardly a conservative, defended the justification of the removal of Saddam Hussein even without the finding of WMD’s. One would think that the removal of a tyrant, rape rooms, and a future of of his two sons ruling the country would be a positive for the people and woman of Iraq.

If you asked the people of Iraq, do you think the majority of them would say they are better off without Saddam? Face it, in the end … GWB and Blair were right.

Reporting from London – Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has said he would have found a justification for invading Iraq even without the now-discredited evidence that Saddam Hussein was trying to produce weapons of mass destruction.

“I would still have thought it right to remove him. I mean, obviously you would have had to use and deploy different arguments about the nature of the threat,” Blair told the BBC in an interview to be broadcast this morning.

It was a startling admission from the onetime British leader, who was President Bush’s staunchest ally in the decision to invade Iraq in 2003.

Blair’s comments were immediately denounced by critics who accused him of using false pretenses to drag Britain into an unpopular war that has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of allied troops and tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians.

Speaking to broadcaster Fern Britton, Blair insisted that ousting Hussein had improved the situation in Iraq by laying the foundation for a more democratic country. He described the upcoming Iraqi elections as “probably the single most significant thing that’s happened to that region for many years.”

“I can’t really think we’d be better with him and his two sons still in charge,” Blair said of Hussein.

The Gateway Pundit reminds us of the many other justifications that the US Congress had to go to war with Iraq and remove Saddam Hussein.

The resolution cited many factors to justify the use of military force against Iraq:

* Iraq’s noncompliance with the conditions of the 1991 cease fire, including interference with weapons inspectors.
* Iraq’s alleged weapons of mass destruction, and programs to develop such weapons, posed a “threat to the national security of the United States and international peace and security in the Persian Gulf region.”
* Iraq’s “brutal repression of its civilian population.”
* Iraq’s “capability and willingness to use weapons of mass destruction against other nations and its own people”.
* Iraq’s hostility towards the United States as demonstrated by the alleged 1993 assassination attempt of former President George H. W. Bush, and firing on coalition aircraft enforcing the no-fly zones following the 1991 Gulf War. (snipped)

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    11 Responses to “Former British PM Tony Blair Defends War in Iraq, Lack of WMD’s and Removal of Sadam Hussein … “I would still have thought it right to remove him””

    1. NewGirlBoston on December 14th, 2009 10:45 am

      It was absolutely essential to remove Hussein….and no one can tell me that there were never any WMD’s present in the first place. There is evidence to prove that many WMD’s were mobile and stored in underground bunkers and removed prior to being discovered. Duh!

      Any leader who wreaks the insanity and acts of inhumanity, (i.e., murder, terrorisim, decapitation, severe beatings and torture, rape and pillaging of women and children to name just a few) as Saddam Hussein did upon his OWN people did not deserve to live a free man, IMO. To be completely frank, I rather enjoyed watching the video of that SOB dangling from the end of a rope.

      The World is a safer place now because of his demise and we have GWB to thank for that and for keeping myself and my children a little bit safer during a tumultous and dangerous time in American History.

      If Obama had even half of the brains and courage that GWB had—we’d be ahead of the war on Terrorism now instead of letting our gaurd down again and becoming a sitting duck & global target once more. It is only a matter of time until we are stricken again!

      After the recent crashing of the White House Dinner, I am not putting my faith in the current capability of the Dept. of Homeland Security/ CIA/Secret Service, et al. How pathetic was that? Wonder how our Commander in Chief even sleeps at night with a breach in security like that….who knows?

      PS—Joe Biden the Windbag is all talk and no action anyway. Weren’t we supposed to feel secure with all his Foriegn Affairs experience? Are you SERIOUS? I’m embarrassed for him and his Boss who come across as pompous asses to me so I can only imagine how other World Leaders & Countries view the US now. Allies and enemies alike- I am certain the US is only envied and despised even more than we are at present.

      Thanks, Barry! You are a living, breathing LEGEND. In your own mind. UGH!

      ****PALIN/?? 2012 ***

    2. TheOldWorld on December 14th, 2009 11:13 am

      Blair defended the Iraq war?
      Oh really?
      He could hardly do anything else. Why would he piss on his own name and legacy?
      In the face of so much death and destruction, could you look anyone in the face if it were all wrong??

      Brutal repression. Hah! What do you think is happening now? You really think you give em a parliament and stuff and the crazies will just forget thousand your old tribal feuds? I beg all the gods to make it so.

      Back we are at the ends justify the means.
      It was not only a strategical mistake. You could have stabilized and pulled out of Afghanistan long ago were it not for Iraq.
      The whole thing was illegal. In a normal court you need to have hard evidence to be allowed to end one life. If there is no evidence, no matter how much of an asshole the guy is, you have to let him go. You might enforce other things on him, but you cannot hang him. The same standards should apply when not one but thousands of lifes hang in the balance.

      Bush didn’t wait until this became legal by the approval of the UN or NATO or any other committee.
      So he murdered people, tortured people, stamped all ideals and centuries of ethical progress into the sand of the desert and made it look like a victory to destroy a country that had nothing. That could resist only by directly throwing their soldier’s lives at him.

      And the ones who have to bear the burden are the soldiers of his own country.

      You say you are christians. Maybe you should reread about Jesus.

    3. St Stephen on December 14th, 2009 1:20 pm

      One reason that we made the u-turn into Iraq was the admission by President Bush that he was “truly not that concerned about Osama bin laden”.

      That shameful and digusting remark may have confused and hit at least some of the families and friends of the 3000+ victims pretty hard, considering that HE(osama) WAS THE MASTERMIND OF 9/11, where so very many of our citizens perished ON OUR OWN SHORES!

      To marginalize this was, in my opinion, disgraceful and dishonored those lives that were lost, assuring the families of NO CLOSURE WHATSOEVER. Even in WWII, we saw to it that Hitler had his comeupance, but the 9/11 victims are not even owed that.

      I understand the need for vigilance on many fronts, but the capture/elimination of the MASTERMIND was of critical importance.

      I do not care how President Bush rationalized his incursion into Iraq, nor do I care that another demon(Sadam) met his bitter end, but I did expect the President to act honorably and capture the scum that created this mess or at the very least secure proof that he was dead. Six months after 9/11, however, he is “truly not concerned”.

      That, to me, is what this President should be remembered for in history.

      As much as I am attempting to inform people of the positive conservative options that we have for 2010 and 2012(both banner years for conservatives), I would personally thank President Obama should he attain the goal of capturing or killing Osama bin laden. He would have accomplished what President Bush STEADFASTLY refused to do. If Osama was dead, that needs to be said and/or proven as well.

      Enough said, on to the next post.

    4. Michelle Smith on December 14th, 2009 1:58 pm

      Evil dictators like Saddam Hussein need to be removed from this Earth and thankfully Bush had the balls to make it happen. Plain & Simple. Osama Bin Laden needs to be removed from this Earth. Terrorist all over the world need to be removed from this Earth.

      It will never end. There will always be war until the Messiah returns.

      #1 Amen Sister. I agree with you 100%. I enjoyed seeing that monster swinging from the end of a rope. I look forward to the day that Osama Bin Laden is swinging from the end of a rope also.

    5. TheOldWorld on December 14th, 2009 4:13 pm

      #4 & #1: Why didn’t he invade some African country then?
      Some countries there are in a constant state of civil war, grossly missmanaged, children trained as soldiers by local or tribal warlords, women mutilated (by tradition!! It is not even considered wrong!!) millions are poor and die of hunger. Iraq never came even close.
      The Iraq war was not a humanitarian mission!

      #4: If there is war until the messiah returns he would probably say: We gave you so much time to learn… you still kill and hurt each other? After what I did for you?
      And mankind would die of shame. No apocalypse necessary.

    6. NewGirlBoston on December 15th, 2009 8:47 am

      5. Old World—have to say you ask some good questions. To keep things simple, War is not pretty and we all know there are no real winners in War…bottom line.

      #3—-Good post and you also ask a valid question and raise a good point. To this day—do we know for a fact if Bin Laden is still alive? Some sources report he is not and that infrequent videos messages being broadcast are not authentic. He hid in the mountains of Pakistan for years- and maybe he is still there moving around today. I don’t know. All I know is that the War or Terrorisim is a war that truly never ends. I agree that some of GWB’s comments or decisions may not have been appropriate or in the best interest of those who gave their lives as a result of 9/11 or defending our Country Post 9/11 in War. I believe GWB did the best he could during a very scary time for our Country—was he perfect? Hell, no. I also never really trusted Dick Cheney and they did not agree on many things…I think Cheney was a control freak who tried to out maneuver the President behind the scenes. All in all, I still feel GWB made plenty of mistakes, but should be given more credit & respect for the positive things he accomplished as well. (BTW, George Sr. was even a better President and smarter than Jr, IMO but this is completely OT.)

    7. NewGirlBoston on December 15th, 2009 8:54 am

      P.S. Old World—what does Christianity and War have to do with one another? Maybe you should re-read the Bible yourself…..War between mankind has been going on for thousands of years both B.C and A.C.

      It’s a fact of life. I know all I need to know about Jesus of Nazareth—he died for ALL of our Sins…..what about the Karan and Allah? So you condone the killing that Extreme Muslims commit and continue to do in the name of Allah? Please, give me a break and don’t preach to us about being Christians.

      Right is right and wrong is wrong and there is a power greater than all of us collectively. When we all leave this planet and meet our Maker—it is only He who will judge.

    8. Michelle Smith on December 15th, 2009 10:42 am

      #5 I do not believe that some African countries are a threat to us. I do not believe that some African countries have weapons of mass destruction.

      I don’t like war….Never have & never will but it is inevitable when there is evil in the world. I do believe that Osama Bin Laden is a threat as well as the Muslim extremists and I believe we should keep the wars over there and off our soil. The war in Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11 but it was necessary. I’m still disappointed that we did not get Osama Bin Laden & his followers(the mastermind). That should be our goal in the war against terrorism.

    9. TheOldWorld on December 15th, 2009 12:20 pm

      War between mankind is wrong.

      Plain and simple.

      The question if you are agressor or defendant is a matter for the kindergarden.

      The time for war as a political measure is over.
      There are other ways to free people. Free information and communication is a primary one.
      Look to Iran for an example.

      Christian or muslim or any other group share one problem: Sometimes upholding your values is tough.

      That’s when you see if they are worth anything.

      I am ok with the idea of really defending yourself and others. But if it were about that, as I already stated, you/we wouldn’t be fighting in Iraq.

    10. St Stephen on December 15th, 2009 1:58 pm


      At this point in time, to beat our swords into plowshares is to become an enslaved people. If there may indeed ever come a day, it’s not now, to be sure.

      We can NEVER let down our vigilance. Try keeping your feet on the ground and your head out of the clouds for a second and see that too many enemies wish your demise and the more you attempt to placate them, the fiercer their hatred toward you.

      Just a sad fact of life for now, pilgrim. So sit back, relax and enjoy the freedoms afforded you by living in the United States of America, thanks to the selfless sacrifices of our outstanding men and women of the armed services.

    11. NewGirlBoston on December 15th, 2009 10:31 pm

      #10—-Right On, Brother! Well put.

      All the “Free information” and “communication” on the planet is not going to put an end to terrorisim….but you know—bleeding heart liberals like Old World just want to smoke the peace pipe and pass around the love beads.

      Give me a break.

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