Saturday, January 22, 2011

Blair Ignored Goldsmith Legal Advice

The Former PM has admitted at the Chilcot Inquiry that he knowingly disregarded Lord Goldsmith's warning that attacking Iraq devoid of the UN support would be illegal.

Tony Blair said he ignored the top legal adviser's warning since Lord Goldsmith's guidance was "provisional." He "held to the position" that a further UN Security Council resolution that evidently supported the UK military action was very pointless.

Lord Goldsmith, informed the former British prime minister within a six-page draft legal view on January 14, 2003 that only Resolution 1441 was not adequate to validate the use of UK military force against Iraq.'


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