US pushed UK into Iraq war too early: Ex-UK ambassador

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A former British ambassador to the United Nations says the US pushed Britain into invading Iraq “too early” because Washington believed a UN resolution for the military action was a “waste of time.”

The Chilcot inquiry into the role of the UK in the Iraq war published a report after seven years of investigation on Wednesday.

The long-awaited report said that former British prime minister Tony Blair overstated the threat posed by Saddam’s supposed Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs), deployed ill-prepared forces to the Arab country and had “wholly” inadequate plans for after Saddam’s ouster.

The report concluded that the military action was not the last resort.

Jeremy Greenstock, UK ambassador to the UN in 2003, said on Wednesday that Blair had wanted a UN resolution for launching the military action, but senior US officials believed that it was a “waste of time.”

Greenstock noted that he felt Blair had wanted to wait longer before…

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