Sticking with a position that appears based more on pride than empirical reasoning, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair waded through six hours of questioning at an inquiry in London with a resilient defense of the decision to invade Iraq in 2003. –JCL

The BBC:

Tony Blair struck a defiant note in a six hour grilling by the Iraq inquiry insisting it was right to remove Saddam Hussein and said he would do it again.

He rejected claims he manipulated intelligence to justify the invasion.

And he denied making a “covert” deal with George Bush to invade Iraq in April 2002 a year before the war began.

The former prime minister said he had been open about what had been discussed the US president’s ranch — which was that Saddam needed to be “dealt with”.

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