Gordon Brown: UK was 'misled' over Iraq WMDs

Gordon Brown: UK was 'misled' over Iraq WMDs”

Mr Brown, who was Chancellor of the Exchequer at the time, said the U.S. failed to disclose a report showing that there was no evidence that Saddam Hussein had access to weapons of mass destruction.

In his memoir, My Life, Our Times, to be published this week, Brown said the US government was in a "rush to war" in March 2003 and accused them of not sharing a secret intelligence report about Iraq's weaponry that might have changed British leaders' decision to join the USA -led invasion of Iraq that year.

Mr Brown, who was Chancellor at the time of the 2003 invasion, said the documents showed Britain was not just "misinformed" about Iraq's weapons programmes.

Mr Brown says he had no idea that decision makers in America were already aware that the evidence on the existence of WMDs was weak, even negligible and in key areas non-existent.

"On publishing his excoriating report, Sir John Chilcot concluded that Tony Blair "was not straight" with the nation and, contrary to his denials, had given a pre-determined commitment to President Bush in July 2002 to join USA military action in Iraq - telling him "I will be with you, whatever".

But, Mr Brown says a report commissioned at the time by the then-US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld "forcibly challenged" this view.

To back up his claim, Brown points to a 2002 U.S. Defense Department report commissioned by then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld leaked past year, reported the Guardian, that made clear "the existence of WMDs was weak, even negligible and in key areas nonexistent".

EXTRACTS FROM former prime minister Gordon Brown's new book, My Life, Our Times, in which he says that the United Kingdom was "misled on the existence of WMDs [Weapons of Mass Destruction]" in Iraq by the USA have led to renewed calls for accountability over the Iraq war.

"Given that Iraq had no usable chemical, biological or nuclear weapons that it could deploy and was not about to attack the coalition, then two tests of a just war were not met: war could not be justified".

As the Chancellor of Exchequer, Brown says his only official role was to find funds for the war.

The US kept quiet about the secret intelligence report, Mr Brown said according to report by the Mirror.

British intelligence from 2002, seen at the time by the then-Prime Minister Tony Blair and Mr Brown, suggested the country was capable of having such weapons.

He added: 'I was told they knew where the weapons were housed.

"I remember thinking at the time that it was nearly as if they could give me the street name and number where they were located". He has said it was withheld from the British government.

One month after Rumsfeld's confidential paper, President Bush went on record for the first time with the assertion that Iraq "possesses and produces chemical and biological weapons" and was "seeking nuclear weapons".

Like this


07 November 2017
Boston, Lawrence, among cities electing mayors Tuesday
That's about 90,000 voters - well below the 142,000 cast in 2013 when Marty Walsh claimed the open Boston mayoral seat. Galvin stressed that he was guessing and said turnout numbers can be hard to project.

07 November 2017
Reserve Bank Act to be reviewed
But he was not the one who would make those decisions, which were up to the independent central bank. Robertson told reporters there was no desire to have the New Zealand dollar included in the review.

07 November 2017
Southern Copper (SCCO) Analysts See $0.45 EPS; Meritor (MTOR)'s Sentiment Is 1.12
It turned negative, as 45 investors sold YUM shares while 303 reduced holdings. 95 funds opened positions while 320 raised stakes. After $0.39 actual EPS reported by Southern Copper Corp for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 15.38% EPS growth.

07 November 2017
MS Dhoni Does a Split at the Crease, Shows Extreme Fitness Level
Both teams will want to win (tomorrow). "They played well in Kanpur under pressure as well (to win the ODI series)". Tried to do my best. "We will turn up on Tuesday and put up a good performance and try to take the T20I series".

07 November 2017
Melania Trump visits luxury pearl retailer in Tokyo
About five strokes later, Melania had written the first character for " peace " in Japanese and Akie wrote the second. President Trump is on an 11-day trip to Asia to improve relations and discuss the nuclear threats from North Korea.

07 November 2017
Nigerians allegedly sexually abused, murdered at Mediterranean Sea
Italian media reported that the women's bodies were being kept in a refrigerated section of the warship. A total number of 2,839 have died so far this year along all primary Mediterranean routes.

07 November 2017
EPS for Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA (ADR) (GOL) Expected At $0.18
It turned negative, as 57 investors sold NWL shares while 227 reduced holdings. 65 funds opened positions while 84 raised stakes. The stock of Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA (ADR) (NYSE:GOL) has "Buy" rating given on Thursday, February 2 by Deutsche Bank.

07 November 2017
No, You Can't Run on Miami's Airport Tarmac
It is now unknown whether the man was carrying a weapon, but the Herald's source finds the incident "very concerning" either way. An unidentified man at the Miami International Airport sneaked past a checkpoint on a conveyor belt intended for luggage.

07 November 2017
MPs sworn in as New Zealand's 52nd Parliament opens for business
The ceremony is called the Commission Opening , and gets the House in session before the State Opening tomorrow. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was among 120 MPs being sworn in at Parliament.

26 September 2017
Explore Fort Tilden State Park: An Abandoned New York City
As you approach the boat graveyard, as its name is, there are about more than 100 extinct vessels that rest in the relative peace. But in the recent years, it had gone from an obscure stretch to a favorite destination among the beachgoers and lovers as well.