Report Delivers Damning Verdict On British Role In Iraq War

Britain’s decision to go to war in Iraq was a failure born of flawed intelligence, lack of foresight and “wholly inadequate” planning.

That was the conclusion of an official inquiry in a report seven years in the making that was released Wednesday. Retired civil servant John Chilcot, who oversaw the inquiry, said “the U.K. chose to join the invasion of Iraq before the peaceful options for disarmament had been exhausted. Military action at that time was not a last resort.”

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, said Wednesday that he stood by the decision to remove Saddam Hussein. ABC’s Matt McGarry joined us from Beirut.