Corbyn says Tony Blair 'misled' MPs over Iraq invasion

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UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has accused former prime minister Tony Blair of misleading MPs over the rationale for the invasion of Iraq.

The opposition leader launched a scornful attack on his predecessor Wednesday after the Chilcot Inquiry released its long-delayed report on Britain’s role in the Iraq war.

The report said that the legal basis for military action was “far from satisfactory” and that Blair based his case for war on “flawed intelligence” about Iraq’s supposed Weapons of Mass Destruction.

Corbyn, who did not vote for the war, called the invasion “an act of military aggression launched on a false pretext,” which “fueled and spread terrorism.”

Addressing MPs in the House of Commons, he said those who decided to launch the war “must face up to the consequences of their actions,” although he did not name any individual.

“We now know that the house was misled in the run-up to the war, and the House must now decide how…

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  • “misled”? The word is lied.

  • eenymac

    The usual excuses are being trotted out in defence of Blair, but the bottom line is he lied, knowingly, to the British people. Parliament, in fact anyone with a functioning brain, knew it was BS from the start, but it didn’t matter to him and still doesn’t. Cameron states “Lessons have been learned”, the standard line trotted out time and time again. It’s not some minir governmental mistake we are talking about, many people died as a result of the lies and prosecution should follow. I won’t hold my breath waiting for that, although it would be nice to see Blair hanging from a lamp post or, like David Kelly, a walk in the woods and a “suicide” to protect the establishment.