Bush/Blair Iraq War Plotting to Remain Hidden From Public: UK

‘Neutered’ Iraq War inquiry to censor full content of conversations in lead-up to 2003 invasion Sarah Lazare, staff writer, Common Dreams – Critics are charging that a UK inquiry into the country’s role in the Iraq War has “neutered” its own investigation by censoring critical conversations between George W. Bush and Tony Blair in the lead-up to the 2003 invasion. Headed by Sir John Chilcot, the inquiry was convened in 2009 by the UK government and tasked with establishing “what happened” in Iraq and identifying “the lessons that can be learned.” The report’s released is years behind schedule, in part due to debate over the release of 25 letters and 130 recordings of conversations between Blair and Bush. The U.S. has heavily pressured the UK government to block the release of these conversations, which the U.S. says are classified. The UK government has also fiercely lobbied against the full...

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