Blair: I Would've Invaded Iraq Anyway
Even if he'd known there were no WMD, ex-PM wanted Saddam out
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 12, 2009 9:40 AM CST
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair speak with reporters at the State Department in Washington, DC, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
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(Newser) – Tony Blair is unrepentant of his support for the Iraq war, telling a BBC interviewer that even if he'd known there were no weapons of mass destruction, "I would still have thought it right to remove him. I mean obviously you would have had to use and deploy different arguments, about the nature of the threat."

The former PM said it was more Saddam's overall "threat to the region of which the development of WMDs was obviously one" factor. Blair's comments drew fire from one key player: Hans Blix, who was head of the UN search team. He said Blair used WMD as a "convenient justification" for war. "If the fig leaf had not been there, then they would have tried to put another fig leaf there."