John Chilcot, the British Counsellor appointed by Prime Minister Gordon Brown in 2009 to investigate the rush to war in Iraq, has released a scathing report this week summarizing Tony Blair dragged the UK into war unnecessarily and without sufficient evidence. The official report, which came in at over two and a half million words, was summarized by Chilcot in a one hundred and fifty page brief that condemned that actions of then Prime Minister Tony Blair who was a supporter of Bush policy despite rationale or consequence.
Chilcot’s introduction apologizes for the six year delay in presenting findings on the investigation. He reiterates the reasons for the inquiry whose purpose was to determine whether it was right and necessary to invade Iraq in March 2003 and whether the UK could – and should – have been better prepared for what followed. Chilcot ended his introduction with harsh criticism of Tony Blair commenting “I wish you good luck in any prosecutions you may want to make, but feel I should remind you that Tony Blair has very deep pockets thanks to his humanitarian work with dictators in the Middle East.”