Dating iraq war
There was a real danger of the Americans taking British support for granted rather than see us as a moderating voice holding them back.I did, however, agree with Tony that if we stood back from the U. we would have no traction with them at all — and, since they had all the force they needed for military action, they would invade anyway, with or without us.
Jack Straw held three of the highest posts in government.
If he were left unchecked, he would resume his active aggression.
He had been defeated in the first Gulf War in 1991 after his unlawful invasion of Kuwait and embargos had been imposed on his country’s oil exports and arms imports.
In April 2002, Tony went to see Bush at his ranch in Texas. I was more sceptical than Tony about some of the war-like arguments being advanced there, and I warned him to be careful.
On his return, he told the Commons that Saddam ‘is developing weapons of mass destruction, and we cannot leave him doing so unchecked. If our handling of Iraq went wrong, there were those licking their lips at the possibility of regime change nearer to home, I told him. I was particularly concerned that our way of dealing with the Americans — support in public so that we could influence matters in private — might backfire.
I took this up with Peter, who was initially sensitive to the idea that ‘enquiries’ on their behalf could be classed as ‘representations’.