A Failure of Ideas: Revisiting Tony Blair´s Legacy in Iraq, warontherocks.com

Sam Roggeveen

Patrick Porter, Blunder: Britain’s War in Iraq. Oxford University Press, 2018.

The case against the Iraq war now looks blindingly obvious. First there was the failure to find weapons of mass destruction, the ostensible reason for the invasion. Then came the bloody occupation and violent sectarian unrest. Finally, there was the rise of Islamic State and the war in Syria, which would not have happened without the invasion led by the United States and abetted by Britain.

In the West, many prominent backers of the war have recanted; the few who continue to defend it look lonely and desperate. Of the two leading pro-war political figures, former U.S. President George W. Bush is diminished abroad and former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair a running joke at home. America has now elected two presidents who opposed the war. In 2013, the United States and Britain balked at military action against the Assad regime in Syria in large part because they feared repeating the mistakes of Iraq.

So do we need another explanation of the folly unleashed on Iraq in 2003? Hasn’t the lesson been learned? Läs artikel