September 5th, 2010
10:22 AM ET
10 years ago

Blair defends Iraq decision, tough on Iran

Tony Blair on Sunday defended the decision in invade Iraq.

Tony Blair on Sunday defended the decision in invade Iraq.

(CNN) - As the United States ended its combat mission in Iraq, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, America's biggest ally at the outset of the war, said the decision to invade Iraq was a necessary one.

Sanctions against Saddam Hussein were being "watered down," and if the former Iraqi dictator hadn't been removed, there would've been other consequences, Blair said on ABC's "This Week."

However, Blair, whose memoir "A Journey" was released last week, wasn't without some regrets.

"You can't not have regrets about the lives lost," Blair said. "I mean, you would be inhuman if you didn't regret the death of so many extraordinary, brave and committed soldiers, of civilians that have died in Iraq, or die still now in Afghanistan. And of course you feel an enormous responsibility for that, not just regret."

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  1. xavier

    We have regrets too sir. Regrets that people like you and Bush were ever put in positions of power that led to the death of over 4,400 American soldiers.

    September 5, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. the real ib

    Blair is right on this. Every country said Iraq had WMD's at the time the war was started. Even though WMD's were not found there was proof found that Saddam was training people to attack us. This war was not an illegal war as liberals claim but a war that at the time appeared as something that had to be done.

    September 5, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  3. Livin the good life

    Well stated Xavier. There will be more ramifications to come too. The "war" is not between "land based" countries/boundaries, it is between civil and UNcivil [GREEDY] persons. America has shown me there are alot of UNcivils here accessing the blogs with just plain stupid "opinions" too. People are SO rude now-a-days and DO NOT even thank you for holding the door, letting them go first etc. They think it is all about THEM. SORRY! They will have a rude awakening one day. Can you say Karma? I've seen it!...Beau Colby

    September 5, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  4. George

    Mr. Blair made a HUGE mistake, as did most of us in the US, by believing Bush and Cheney and their rationale for the Iraq war. What they were protecting was OIL and nothing more. For that, we lost nearly 4500 service people and the Iraqis lost over 100,000 of its people. A very high price to pay for Mr. Blair's spinelessness and lack of insistence on proof of WMD's. Bush would never have revealed secret information to the public, but he could have revealed it to Blair, if he had demanded to see proof, but he just took Bush at his word. BIG, he's lost his credibility, his legacy and the faith of the British people. He screwed it all up, dumped it into Gordon Brown's lap, then left him to deal with it. Disgusting. Go away, Mr. Blair, and take George and Dick with you.

    September 5, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  5. ST

    Blair should not flatter people that he regrets lives lost. What was he and buddy Bush thinking by initiating the war? Was it in their mind that war is a dancing ground that people will go there dance, sweat and come back home to take a shower?

    September 5, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  6. katiec

    Of course he defends it. He has no choice since he and Bush were joined in creating this faisco.
    GWB will go down as being one of the worse presidents in the history of our country and imagine Blair will be right beside him

    September 5, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  7. bill

    right on target.xavier couldnt said it better.bush the hauge.

    September 5, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  8. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    This man is a lying coward, just like his hero George Bush!

    September 5, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  9. Drunken GOP Drivers want the keys back

    This clown should be in prison and thats a fact.

    September 5, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |