Tony Blair Apologizes for Iraq War
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair apologized for the Iraq war on Sunday.
“There are elements of truth,” said Blair, noting that he acted on poor intelligence and wanted to be a good ally to former President George W. Bush.
Blair suggested that the Iraq War led to the rise of ISIS.
“I apologize for the fact that the intelligence we received was wrong,” Blair said. “I also apologize for some of the mistakes in planning and, certainly, our mistake in our understanding of what would happen once you removed the [Saddam Hussein] regime.”
The Hill reports:
Blair, who resigned as prime minister in 2007, was asked how he felt about being called a “war criminal” by his opponents. He compared the 2003 Iraq situation with the current crisis in Syria, noting how the West and Europe have “stood back” with hundreds of thousands dying.
Blair had previously been less forthcoming about what went wrong in Iraq.
“I don’t think we should be apologizing at all for what we are doing in Iraq,” he said in 2007. “We should be immensely proud.”
Zakaria’s interview with Blair is part of the primetime special “Long Road to Hell: America in Iraq,” which airs Monday at 9 p.m. on CNN.
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