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Blair Plants Foot Firmly In Mouth


By jimstaro - Posted on 21 January 2011

Tony Blair dug his own hole at the Chilcot inquiry

In his final opportunity to present his case against the mounting evidence, Tony Blair put his foot firmly in his mouth

Tony Blair leaves after giving evidence for the second time to the Chilcot inquiry. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

21 January 2011 - Tony Blair came to the Iraq inquiry with last year's game plan. Answer questions on his terms. Talk about the big picture, keep it subjective and off the specifics. He may think he did this well. Until he put his foot in his mouth.

We should remember that the panel did not need to pin Blair down on anything. It has the evidence and can draw its own conclusions. Blair had a "final opportunity" to answer their questions and disprove their implications. If he did not do so that was his choice.

The specifics and the evidence, including new evidence published today, are against Blair. The evidence makes clear that he was seeking regime change from an early stage.

Opening questions sought to establish when Blair took the decision to pursue a policy that was likely to lead to war and what part the cabinet played. Martin Gilbert asked exactly when Blair took this decision. Blair waffled and evaded the question. {continued}

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