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I was reminded of Swift's words as I watched Tony Blair's emotionally charged response to the publication of the long awaited Chilcot Report into the U.K.'s role in the invasion and occupation of Iraq Wednesday.Chilcot found that Blair deliberately exaggerated the threat posed by Saddam's supposed weapons of mass destruction after accepting flawed intelligence, which he resolutely failed to question or properly scrutinize.At the same time Blair was still pretending to Parliament, and the U.K. public, that he was desperately seeking a peaceful solution.Chilcot also found Blair sent British troops into combat ill-equipped, and that he had failed to plan for the aftermath of the invasion and occupation of the country.One could also argue that some of Chilcot's criticism of Blair is a little unjust.Chilcot makes clear that Blair, and as such the U.K., had virtually no role in either planning the invasion or the aftermath which was left entirely to the Americans.Looking at parts of Chilcot's report it's clear the U.K.'s role was sadly more akin to the wider world view of Blair being Bush's poodle.
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