I watched Tony Blair on television read out his statement and answer reporters questions. At that stage, I had only seen the headlines on Twitter. It was only later that I read the executive summary of the Chilcot Report and read many detailed reviews in the world’s media.
Let me introduce my bias. At the time, I thought the Iraq War was a proper intervention based on information publicly available in the media. For many years, I thought that Blair was an outstanding statesman and politician although my own politics is more conservative.
When I heard Blair I could empathize and relate to his arguments. I thought that he handled himself brilliantly. His oratory was outstanding. I was partially swayed by his argument; he’s a very talented speaker.
It was only when I read the executive summary of the Chilcot Report that my views on Blair hardened (Open the link and read the official report). I could see that Blair was an extremely arrogant and vain person with a large ego. Normal checks and balances were ignored and Blair raced to war to gain his place in history. It was particularly disgusting the way Blair manipulated the media and parliament to rubber stamp his pre-agreed actions with the US neocons.
In conclusion, I think that Blair was wrong not to apologize unreservedly. Whilst many still argue for Blair to be tried as a war criminal, legal experts suggest that the case is not watertight.
Also Blair ducked a question about his lucrative business interests advising Arab countries who were supporting terrorism.