New Evidence: Tony Blair Lied About Iraq Threat

The latest from the Chilcot inquiry in the U.K:

Former Cabinet minister Clare Short accused

the ex-prime minister of “leaning on” attorney general Lord Goldsmith

to make him mislead the Government about the legality of the March 2003

invasion.

In a stinging attack, she claimed Mr Blair ignored warnings that the military and aid officials were not ready for war because he was “frantic” to support US president George Bush.

Ms Short, who resigned as international development secretary over the conflict, also told the inquiry Gordon Brown was “marginalised” in the weeks before the invasion and feared he would be pushed out of the Cabinet.

She

said Mr Brown, who was then chancellor, told her: “Tony Blair is

obsessed with his legacy and he thinks he can have a quick war and then

a reshuffle.”

The inquiry, while compelling, is fairly useless. No one will be prosecuted, and Tony Blair will walk off to a life of financial prosperity despite people like Clare Short confirming that he misled the British public. As George Monbiot points out, the only way to hold him accountable is to put a bounty on his head and encourage citizens arrests. It’s a crude, risky way of hounding the former prime minister (and won’t of course, lead to a proper arrest), but it will let him know that the British public haven’t forgiven him or ‘moved on’ as Blair would like everyone to do.

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.