This is an intresting article brought to us by Dr Alf but it needs to be put into context. The decision to “re-order the Middle Eastern chessboard” was made by the Neocons whose thoughts on the matter can be read on the PNAC website and in the You Tube utterances of John Bolton, Paul Wolfowitz and Richard Perle.
Wesley Clarke in his visit to the Pentagon, as a former General, describes the plan to “take-down” five countries in the Middle East, as part of this strategy, in a different You Tube interview.
The plans to invade Iraq were made and “war-gamed ” by the Pentagon long before the decision to invade which was made as early as 2000.
The Iraq war was partially about oil, partially about Balkanising Iraq into 3 separate entities and partially allegedly about seizing whatever it was in the Bagdad museum that the Americans coveted so much that they put an armed guard on it the moment they arrived.
Blair’s apology is irrelevant to the scheme of things, which were formulated years earlier by people with the brute military power to carry things out.