|George W. Bush gives Tony Blair the Medal of Freedom for being his bitch.|
In the exchange, Blair repeatedly says sorry for his conduct and even refers to claims that the invasion was a war 'crime' – while denying he committed one.
Blair is asked bluntly in the CNN interview, to be broadcast today: 'Was the Iraq War a mistake?'
He replies: 'I apologise for the fact that the intelligence we received was wrong.
'I also apologise for some of the mistakes in planning and, certainly, our mistake in our understanding of what would happen once you removed the regime.'
Challenged that the Iraq War was 'the principal cause' of the rise of Islamic State, he said: 'I think there are elements of truth in that.
'Of course you can't say those of us who removed Saddam in 2003 bear no responsibility for the situation in 2015.'
In the 'trial by TV', respected US political broadcaster Fareed Zakaria accuses him of being President Bush's 'poodle' over the conflict. Blair's confession comes a week after The Mail on Sunday published a bombshell White House memo revealing for the first time how Blair and Bush agreed a 'deal in blood' a year before the invasion.
Did that really just happen?
This is huge, and if the media in the United States were to take this to its next logical step they could start asking George W. Bush, or perhaps just his brother, if the American people deserve a similar apology as well.
I know that if I were part of a large media company I would want to hear what George W. had to say about this admission from Tony Blair, and if he was unavailable for comment, I would like to hear Jeb! offer his opinion instead.
After all we just watched seven different investigations into the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, which cost the American people millions of tax dollars, how can we NOT justify taking a another hard long look at the Iraq War in light of these recent revelations?