James Forsyth

Why Blair backed the Iraq war

Why Blair backed the Iraq war
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Do read Steve Richards in The Independent today. He makes an interesting case that Tony Blair’s decision to support the war in Iraq was a result of political pragmatism not moralism. He also suggests that Blair might have thought that backing Iraq would position him perfectly to take Britain into the euro:

"At some stage, Mr Blair wanted to fight a referendum on the euro. If he stayed close to the US on Iraq, he could never be accused of being anti-American and indiscriminately pro-European.”

What Richards has also reminded us of, is just how crucial the position of the opposition will be if the Iran crisis reaches a point where the United States feels it has to take military action.

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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