The Chilcot Report implicates former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, in exagerrating the threat posed by Saddam Hussein, with a litany of bad decisions throughout the management of the 2013 Iraqi invasion alongside the United States.
The report makes public letters between former US and UK leaders, George Bush and Tony Blair, revealing a sinister agenda for the decision to invade Iraq.
The report states that 'the UK chose invasion before it had exhausted peaceful options, British military was ill-prepared for war, Blair ignored warnings and kept Cabinet in the dark.'
702's John Robbie spoke to Professor of International Relations at Wits University, John Stremlau, on what this means for global politics.
Listen to the interview below:
We all know that the Iraq adventure was all misguided, driven by the United States and Britain.— Prof John Stremlau, University of Witwatersrand
Stremlau highlighted that South Africa's former president, Thabo Mbeki, pleaded with Bush and Blair not to proceed with the invasion as there was no evidence of weapons of mass destruction. However, Bush was hellbent on the mission which has devastated the lives of millions of Iraqi's and Americans.
Thabo Mbeki sent the team from here to Iraq with special access who presented him with a compelling image that there were no weapons of mass destruction.— Prof John Stremlau, University of Witwatersrand
The 2003 US invasion into Iraq has changed the course of global politics and international relations, with the US and Britain deploying armed forces to the oil-rich nation.
The range of casualties in Iraq is from 150 000 to a million, nobody really knows. Americans lost 4 000 lives, the British lost 179 lives.— Prof John Stremlau, University of Witwatersrand