- Smoking Gun Emails Reveal Blair’s ‘Deal in Blood’ with George Bush Over Iraq War Was Forged a YEAR Before the Invasion Had Even Started
by Glen Owen and William Lowther In Washington For The Mail On Sunday, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/
* Leaked White House memo shows former Prime Minister’s support for war at summit with U.S. President in 2002
* Bombshell document shows Blair preparing to act as spin doctor for Bush, who was told ‘the UK will follow our lead’
* Publicly, Blair still claimed to be looking for diplomatic solution – in direct contrast to email revelations
* New light was shed on Bush-Blair relations by material disclosed by Hillary Clinton at the order of the U.S. courts
A bombshell White House memo has revealed for the first time details of the ‘deal in blood’ forged by Tony Blair and George Bush over the Iraq War. The sensational leak shows that Blair had given an unqualified pledge to sign up to the conflict a year before the invasion started. It flies in the face of the Prime Minister’s public claims at the time that he was seeking a diplomatic solution to the crisis. He told voters: ‘We’re not proposing military action’ – in direct contrast to what the secret email now reveals.
The classified document also discloses that Blair agreed to act as a glorified spin doctor for the President by presenting ‘public affairs lines’ to convince a sceptical public that Saddam had Weapons of Mass Destruction – when none existed.
In return, the President would flatter Blair’s ego and give the impression that Britain was not America’s poodle but an equal partner in the ‘special relationship’.
The damning memo, from Secretary of State Colin Powell to President George Bush, was written on March 28, 2002, a week before Bush’s famous summit with Blair at his Crawford ranch in Texas. In it, Powell tells Bush that Blair ‘will be with us’ on military action. Powell assures the President: ‘The UK will follow our lead’.