A White House leak shows that former British Prime Minister Tony Blair had given George W. Bush an unqualified pledge to join the Iraq War a year before the invasion started.
The document – a memo – was written by then-Secretary of State Colin Powell to then-President George W. Bush.
The memo goes against Blair’s public claims that he was seeking a diplomatic solution to the crisis at that time.
Blair said to Parliament: “We’re not proposing military action” – in contrast to what the secret email now reveals.
The classified document also discloses that Blair agreed to act as a type of spin doctor for the President by presenting “public affairs lines” to convince a skeptical public that Saddam had Weapons of Mass Destruction when none existed.
However, Bush would flatter Blair’s ego and give the impression that Britain was not America’s dog but an equal partner in a special relationship.
The memo was written on March 28, 2002, a week before Bush’s famous summit with Blair at his Crawford ranch in Texas.
In it, Powell tells Bush that Blair “will be with us” on military action. Powell assures the President that “The UK will follow our lead.”
The disclosure is certain to lead for calls for the Brits to reopen his inquiry into the Iraq War.
A second explosive memo from the same cache also reveals how Bush used “spies” in the British Labour Party to help him to manipulate British public opinion in favor of the war.