Here’s a good article in the Washington Post by Dennis Ross, a distinguished fellow at the Washington Institute, formerly having served in senior national security positions in the Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Clinton and Obama administrations. I must admit, I identify with the thrust of the argument. Although oil prices are jittery, I sense that Trump will kick the can down the road yet again. This will be a partial victory for Iran and will probably harden Israel‘s resolve to tackle the Iranian threat. Thoughts?
Sadly, the buck will not stop with Blair and he will not be tried as a war criminal or made to pay a penny towards the hapless victims of his and Bush’s illegal war in Iraq.
Nor will it stop with the Neocons, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, Perle, Frum et al, who in conjunction with others planned the removal of Saddam Hussein and the Balkanising of Iraq.
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 three 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.
Tony Blair was a willing participant in all of this, and was used to give “fig-leaf” cover to the overall exercise, which was not about Saddam Hussein who posed no threat to the West whatsoever.
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.
Dr Alf and many others would like the present Government to provide justice for the families of the ill-equipped and poorly protected soldiers who lost their lives needlessly on a bogus prospectus of “weapons of mass destruction”.
I used to know the director of Condor Construction, who was in charge of works in Iraq and over 4000 men engaged in the building of towns, villages and roads in that country. He died tragically some years ago but at the time he was in Iraq, Saddam Hussein was very much in favour with the West and had 1600 doubles. Our concern then was construction contracts and oil wealth. “Re-ordering the Middle Eastern chessboard” came later at a Bilderberg meeting, when it was decided that Saddam Hussein would have to go and that the country would be broken up into three entities, one Kurdish, one Sunni and one Shiite.
Both Cameron and Osborne are Bilderbergers as is Gordon Brown, Kenneth Clarke and Tony Blair, plus the two Miliband brothers and Simon Hughes the Liberal Democrat. There is in many ways not much difference between any of them. These people plus the usual suspects, Dr Kissinger and the corporate titans were all privy to the concept of the “Arc of Crisis” which is the name they gave to perpetual upheaval in the Middle East, part of which was embodied in the invasion of Iraq. All of these people were and are partially culpable but Blair and Bush should be singled out for most opprobrium.
Chilcot will not bring closure because he is a weak ineffectual and ponderous figure, whose work is too slow, and who will not in the last analysis bring anyone to anything like justice or even to the point where someone else could do so.