"I have never told a lie," he said. "No. I don't intend to go telling lies to people. I did not lie over Iraq."
A saint, I tell you the man is a perfect saint...
Even the Tory traitors agree:
Kenneth Clarke, the former Tory chancellor, said he would not use the word "liar" and was "not sure" he would have sanctioned the party's latest poster.
I must admit I hadn't realised that Clarke was still around - I must check the stock of Piano wire..
A few articles aren't so sure:
Blair is a complete flake: in any other avocation of society he would be a psychiatric couch potato. "Trust me, I'm a compulsive liar," is his Clinton-style pitch to the British electorate. For the Great Charlatan, who has charlatanry in his blood and bone, does not simply lie to get himself out of tough corners: he loves a good lie, just for the hell of it.
Instance his claim, in a wireless interview in 1997, to have watched his "teenage hero" Jackie Milburn, of Newcastle United, from behind the goal at St James's Park. As football fans quickly pointed out, Milburn had left Newcastle when Blair was four years old and there were no seats behind the goals until the 1990s. Yet Blair told this pointless porkie in the same year in which he became Prime Minister. Why? To make himself more blokeish; to share - if purely in his imagination - the experience of his constituency?
So, how does one explain the inane lie that he told Des O'Connor about having stowed away at Newcastle airport on a flight for the Bahamas, when he was 14? In fact, no flight from Newcastle in those days ever went to the Bahamas, or even long-haul. This was a Richmal Crompton version of Blair: Just Tony. When a grown man indulges in such Walter Mitty fantasies, we can feel concern; when that man also has the power to unleash war, that concern becomes downright alarm.
Blair has no apparent notion of the difference between truth and lies. We saw that from his earliest days in power - Bernie Ecclestone, et al - and then, more sinisterly, in the Iraq drama. Robin Cook has described how, on March 5, 2003, he told Blair that Saddam possessed no strategic weapons, only battlefield ordnance. Recently we have learned that, long before that, Jack Straw had warned Blair that chaos would result from any invasion. By the time Blair rose to mislead the House of Commons, intelligence that was "sporadic and patchy", "little" and "limited" had suddenly become "extensive, detailed and authoritative".
Of course, the Great Charlatan does not want us to dwell on such morbid matters, so he has started to indulge in diversionary lectures on the moral vapidity of the 1960s, or the perils of global warming.
And while the Tories are half heartedly attacking Blair for his lies - (Howard is direct about the war: "You could have gone to war and told the truth. That's what Mr Blair didn't do." Which is fair enough.)- the Peace camp is in full cry after him...
DJ Paul Edge Blog: Blair Faced Lies - Arrest Blair Now
Tony Blair is a liar. His lies have brought about the deaths of coalition troops and Iraqi citizens. ..He should be standing in a court room under trial for War Crimes. I urge people to distribute this list of LIES to anyone who is thinking of voting for Tony Blair....
The Motion for War
"This House ... recognises that Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and long range missiles, and its continuing non-compliance with Security Council Resolutions, pose a threat to international peace and security." - Tony Blair, 18 March 2003, House of Commons
Lies made about the existence of Iraq's NBC weapons before intelligence had assessed that Iraq possessed these weapons
1) "We know they are trying to accumulate weapons of mass destruction."- Tony Blair, 3 March 2002, Channel 9 News, Australia
2) "That there is a threat from Saddam Hussein and the weapons of mass destruction that he has acquired is not in doubt at all."- Tony Blair, 11 March 2002.
3) "We know that he [Saddam Hussein] has stockpiles of major amounts of chemical and biological weapons, we know that he is trying to acquire nuclear
capability, we know that he is trying to develop ballistic missile capability of a greater range."- Tony Blair, 3 April 2002, NBC news
4) "There is a reason why weapons inspectors went in there and that is because we know he has been developing these weapons. We know that those weapons constitute a threat."- Tony Blair, 6 April 2002.
5) "Saddam Hussein's regime is despicable, he is developing weapons of mass destruction, and we cannot leave him doing so unchecked. He is a threat to his
own people and to the region and, if allowed to develop these weapons, a threat to us also."- Tony Blair, 10 April 2002, House of Commons
Lies about a "threat" from Iraq's weapons
6) "there is no doubt at all that the development of weapons of mass destruction by Saddam Hussein poses a severe threat not just to the region, but to the wider world.… He is a threat to his own people and to the region and, if allowed to develop these weapons, a threat to us also."- Tony Blair, 10 April 2002, House of Commons
7) "Iraq poses a real and a unique threat to the security of the region and the rest of the world."- Tony Blair,3 September 2002, Press Conference
8) "So let me tell you why I say Saddam Hussein is a threat that has to be dealt with. He has twice before started wars of aggression. Over one million people
died in them. When the weapons inspectors were evicted...from Iraq in 1998 there were still enough chemical and biological weapons remaining to devastate the entire Gulf region."- Tony Blair, 10 September 2002, TUC Conference
Written Lies - Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction: The Assessment of the British Government of 24 September 2002
9) "Iraq has chemical and biological agents and weapons available ..from pre-Gulf War stocks."- Tony Blair, 24 September 2002
10) "Plants formerly associated with the chemical warfare programme have been rebuilt. These include the chlorine and phenol plant at Fallujah 2 near Habbaniyah."- Tony Blair, 24 September 2002
11) "According to intelligence, Iraq has retained up to 20 Al Hussein missiles … They could be used with conventional, chemical or biological warheads and, with a range of up to 650km, are capable of reaching a number of countries in the region including Cyprus, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Israel."- Tony Blair, 24 September 2002
12) "Saddam Hussein's "military planning allows for some of the WMD to be ready within 45 minutes of an order to use them."- Tony Blair, 24 September 2002
13) "A current and serious threat to the UK national interest....I am in no doubt that the threat is serious and current, that he has made progress on WMD, and that he has to be stopped..The assessed intelligence has established beyond doubt .. that he [Saddam Hussein] continues in his efforts to develop nuclear weapons."- Tony Blair, 24 September 2002
The Lies Continue
14) "The reason [for the publication of the September dossier] is because his chemical, biological and nuclear weapons programme is not an historic leftover
from 1998. The inspectors aren't needed to clean up the old remains. His WMD programme is active, detailed and growing. The policy of containment is not
working. The WMD programme is not shut down. It is up and running."- Tony Blair, 24 September 2002, House of Commons
15) "It [the dossier] concludes that Iraq has chemical and biological weapons, that Saddam has continued to produce them, that he has existing and active military plans for the use of chemical and biological weapons, which could be activated within 45 minutes ... and that he is actively trying to acquire nuclear weapons capability."- Tony Blair, 24 September 2002, House of Commons
16) “He has existing and active military plans for the use of chemical and biological weapons, which could be activated within 45 minutes”...Prime Minister's Iraq statement to Parliament ......In addition, we know Saddam has been trying to buy significant quantities of uranium from Africa.”- Tony Blair, 24 September 2002, House of Commons
17) "The dossier shows that Iraq continues to produce chemical agent for chemical weapons; has rebuilt previously destroyed production plants across Iraq; has bought dual-use chemical facilities; has retained the key personnel formerly engaged in the chemical weapons programme; and has a serious ongoing research programme into weapons production."- Tony Blair, 24 September 2002, House of Commons
18) "There is no doubt about the chemical programme, the biological programme, indeed the nuclear weapons programme. All that is well documented by the United Nations."- Tony Blair, 30 May 2003
19) "the UN has tried unsuccessfully for 12 years to get Saddam to disarm peacefully."- Tony Blair, 2 March 2003, Independent on Sunday
20) "Saddam's weapons of mass destruction and the threats they pose to the world must be confronted."- Tony Blair, 3 February 2003, House of Commons
21) "The intelligence is clear: he [Saddam Hussein] continues to believe his WMD programme is essential both for internal repression and for external
aggression."- Tony Blair, 25 February 2003, House of Commons
22) "Now I simply say to you, it is a matter of time unless we act and take a stand before terrorism and weapons of mass destruction come together, and I regard them as two sides of the same coin. And the reason why Iraq is important is Iraq is the issue around which this has come to have focus."- Tony Blair, 13 January 2003:
23) "Over the past few weeks, we have seen powerful evidence of the continuing terrorist threat... At the same time, we know too that Iraq is not alone in developing WMD... I repeat my warning: unless we take a decisive stand now, as an international community, it is only a matter of time before these threats come together."- Tony Blair, 3 February 2003, House of Commons
24) "Those two threats [terrorism and states with NBC weapons] have, of course, different motives and different origins, but they share one basic common view: they detest the freedom, democracy and tolerance that are the hallmarks of our way of life. At the moment, I accept fully that the association between the two is loose, but it is hardening. The possibility of the two coming together—of terrorist groups in possession of weapons of mass destruction or even of a socalled dirty radiological bomb—is now, in my judgment, a real and present danger to Britain and its national security."- Tony Blair, 18 March 2003, House of Commons
25) "I asked for more intelligence on the issue not just of terrorism but also of WMD....But then we had to confront the states with WMD. We had to take
a stand. We had to force conformity with international obligations that for years had been breached with the world turning a blind eye. For 12 years
Saddam had defied calls to disarm....my judgement then and now is that the risk of this new global terrorism and its interaction with states or organisations
or individuals proliferating WMD, is one I simply am not prepared to run."- Tony Blair, 5 March 2004
26) "there is some intelligence evidence about linkages between members of al-Qaeda and people in Iraq."- Tony Blair, 21 January 2003, House of Commons Liaison Committee
Lies about Non Compliance with the Inspectors
27) "as more negotiations go on and he fails to comply and you know that he is developing these weapons of mass destruction..."- Tony Blair, 6 July 2002, House of Commons Liaison Committee:
28) "Is it not reasonable that Saddam provides evidence of destruction of the biological and chemical agents and weapons the UN proved he had in 1999?"- Tony Blair, 25 February 2003, House of Commons
29) "After 12 years is it not reasonable that the UN inspectors have unrestricted access to Iraqi scientists - that means no tape recorders, no minders, no Intimidation, interviews outside Iraq as provided for by Resolution 1441? So far this simply isn't happening."- Tony Blair, 25 February 2003
30) "Journeys are monitored by security officers stationed on the route if they have prior intelligence. Any changes of destination are notified ahead by telephone or radio so that arrival is anticipated. The welcoming party is a give away."- Tony Blair, February 2003
31) "Escorts are trained, for example, to start long arguments with other Iraqi officials 'on behalf of UNMOVIC' while any incriminating evidence is hastily being hidden behind the scenes."- Tony Blair, February 2003
32) "We issued further intelligence over the weekend about the infrastructure of concealment. It is obviously difficult when we publish intelligence reports"-
Tony Blair, 3 February 2003, House of Commons
33) "The reason why the inspectors couldn't do their job ... was that Saddam wouldn't co-operate..."- Tony Blair, 4 April 2003
34) "On 8 December he submitted the declaration denying he had any WMD, a statement not a single member of the international community seriously
believes."- Tony Blair, 25 February 2003, House of Commons
"Russia does not have in its possession any trustworthy data which support the existence of nuclear weapons or any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and we have not received from our partners such information"- President Putin Russia
35) "I have absolutely no doubt whatever that he was trying to reconstitute weapons of mass destruction programmes....[Saddam Hussein] has always been intending to develop these weapons..."- Tony Blair, 8 July 2003, Commons Liaison Committee
Lies To Justify The Commencement of Hostilities
36) "Tonight, British servicemen and women are engaged from air, land and sea. Their mission: to remove Saddam Hussein from power, and disarm Iraq of its weapons of mass destruction..."- Tony Blair, 20 March 2003, televised address to the nation
37) "I have always said to people throughout that ... our aim has been the elimination of weapons of mass destruction."- Tony Blair, 25 March 2003, Press Conference
38) "Our aim has not been regime change, our aim has been the elimination of weapons of mass destruction."- Tony Blair, 25 March 2003, Press Conference
39) "I have got absolutely no doubt that those weapons are there.… once we have the cooperation of the scientists and the experts, I have got no doubt that we will find them."- Tony Blair, 4 April 2003
40) "On weapons of mass destruction, we know that the regime has them, we know that as the regime collapses we will be led to them."- Tony Blair, 8 April 2003, press conference with George W. Bush
41) "I stand absolutely 100% behind the evidence, based on intelligence, that we presented to people … I have no doubt at all, as I said to you earlier, that the
assessments that were made by the British intelligence services will turn out to be correct."- Tony Blair, 2 June 2003
42) "You know, you asked me right at the very outset, do I stand by the essential case? I do stand by the essential case. I also stand entirely by the intelligence we put in the September dossier, which after all was the main thing that we brought before Parliament …. I simply want to tell you today and, through you, the country that I believe we did the right thing, I stand 100% by it, and I think that our intelligence services gave us the correct intelligence and information at the time... I do not believe that our intelligence will be shown to be wrong at all. I think it will be shown to be right. I have absolutely no doubt whatever that he was trying to reconstitute weapons of mass destruction programmes and that the intelligence that we were getting out of Iraq about those programmes and about the attempt to conceal them was correct.…that intelligence I have no doubt at all was valid intelligence."- Tony Blair, 8 July 2003, House of Commons Liaison Committee
43) "I believe the intelligence we received is correct. So that is my view, it has been my view all the way through"- Tony Blair, 30 July 2003
44) "We've already discovered, just so far, the remains of 400,000 people in mass graves."- Tony Blair November 2003
45) "The Iraq Survey Group has already found massive evidence of a huge system of clandestine laboratories, workings by scientists, plans to develop long-range ballistic missiles"- Tony Blair, 16 December 2003, British Forces Broadcasting Service
46) "It is absurd to say in respect of any intelligence that it is infallible, but if you ask me what I believe, I believe the intelligence was correct, and I think in the end we will have an explanation." - Tony Blair, 25 January 2004, at least six months after MI6 had withdrawn key reports on Iraq's weapons,
Lies Justifying Lies
47) "Only then [after Hussein Kamel's defection] did the inspectors find over 8,000 litres of concentrated anthrax and other biological weapons, and a factory to make more."- Tony Blair, 2 March 2003, Independent on Sunday
48) "The UN inspectors found no trace at all of Saddam's offensive biological weapons programme – which he claimed didn't exist – until his lies were revealed by his son-in-law."- Tony Blair, 2 March 2003,the Independent on Sunday
After he defected to Jordan on 7 August 1995, Hussein Kamel told UN inspectors "I ordered the destruction of all chemical weapons. All weapons - biological, chemical, missile, nuclear were destroyed".
49) "We have already found two trailers, both of which we believe were used for the production of biological weapons"- Tony Blair, 30 May 2003, Press Conference in Poland
Finally The Truth
"we were almost all wrong [..] it is highly unlikely that there were large stockpiles of deployed militarised chemical and biological weapons there." David Kay, US-led Iraq Survey Group (ISG) , 28 January 2004, US Senate Armed Services Committee
Unbelievably, Tony Blair Continues To Lie
50) "In a land mass twice the size of the UK it may well not be surprising you don't find where this stuff is hidden..."- Tony Blair, 11 January 2004, Interview with David Frost
51) "Well you can't say that at this point in time. What you can say is that we received that intelligence about Saddam's programmes and about his weapons that we acted on that, it's the case throughout the whole of the conflict..."- Tony Blair, 11 January 2004, Interview with David Frost
52) "As for the existence of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, there can be no doubt ... that those weapons existed. It is the job of the Iraq Survey Group to find out what has happened, which it will do..."- Tony Blair, 21 January 2004, House of Commons