Iraq Invasion/Occupation Chaos; Cheney Called The Shots Says Hoon, Ex UK Defence Secretary ...
Geoff Hoon, Britain's ex Secretary of Defence has given an awesome interview to the Guardian in which he eventually comes clean - on quite considerably more than a couple of things.
How does this sound for starters?
A catalogue of errors over planning for Iraq after the invasion, and an inability to influence key figures in the US administration, led to anarchy in Iraq from which the country has not recovered, the British defence secretary during the invasion admits today.And amazingly enough he even comes right out and says what so many of us have known (and what many millions more have so strongly suspected), since the start.
In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, Geoff Hoon reveals that Britain disagreed with the US administration over two key decisions in May 2003, two months after the invasion - to disband Iraq's army and "de-Ba'athify" its civil service.
That the SOB shown below quite clearly called all the shots that counted as far as the Iraq War (aka illegal invasion, occupation, destruction and more), was concerned.
Now, try this super-tasty teaser for size.
Mr Hoon also said he and other senior ministers completely underestimated the role and influence of the vice-president, Dick Cheney.
"Sometimes ... Tony had made his point with the president, and I'd made my point with Don [Rumsfeld] and Jack [Straw] had made his point with Colin [Powell] and the decision actually came out of a completely different place.
And you think: what did we miss?
I think we missed Cheney."
Okay, teasing time's over.
We guarantee it's riveting.