EXCLUSIVE: Tony Blair Talks Iraq
In his first interview to a television broadcaster since his response on the day of the Chilcot Report publication, former Prime Minister Tony Blair has sat down with Kate Gerbeau and Forces TV to discuss the war in Iraq.
The Chilcot Report, set in motion by Gordon Brown in 2009, was published on Wednesday.
Amongst the findings in the 2.6 million-word report, were:
- The judgements about the severity of the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction - WMD - were presented with a certainty that was not justified;
- Despite explicit warnings, the consequences of the invasion were underestimated. The planning and preparations for Iraq after Saddam Hussein were wholly inadequate;
- The government failed to achieve its stated objectives.
Forces TV asked Mr Blair about the mistakes in military planning.