Sunday, June 12, 2005
By Michael Smith, London Times
TONY BLAIR CABINET MINISTERS were warned in July 2002 that Britain was committed to taking part in an American-led invasion of Iraq and they had no choice but to find a way of making it legal.
The warning, in a leaked Cabinet Office briefing paper, said Tony Blair had already agreed to back military action to get rid of Saddam Hussein (shown below left in a file photo) at a summit at the Texas ranch of President George W Bush three months earlier.
This was required because, even if ministers decided Britain should not take part in an invasion, the American military would be using British bases. This would automatically make Britain complicit in any illegal US action.
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