Tuesday, 12 January 2010
09:02:07 PM (GMT)
"Alastair Campbell: "Tony Blair's genuine belief was that Iraq had to be
Tony Blair's ex-spokesman Alastair Campbell has said he "defends every single word"
of the 2002 dossier on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.
He told the UK's Iraq war inquiry that parts could have been "clearer" but it did not
"misrepresent" Iraq's threat.
The UK should be "proud" of its role "in changing Iraq from what it was to what it is
now becoming", he argued.
But he said Mr Blair told President Bush privately in 2002 the UK would back military
action if necessary.
Critics of the war have called for private correspondence between the two leaders
about their views on Iraq to be published.
Countdown to war
Mr Campbell is the most prominent figure to appear so far before the inquiry, which
is looking at UK policy before and after the 2003 war.
The BBC's Security Correspondent Frank Gardner said he had given a defiant
performance, showing no contrition over the controversial decision to go to war or
the arguments used to justify the action. "
Full Story : http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8453116.stm
Typical me to be in the political section :-P