Leaked emails have shown that contrary to public belief, Tony Blair had essentially agreed to back a US invasion of Iraq – an entire year before it started.
The document was disclosed by presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, at the request of the US Courts.
The email was in stark contrast to what Blair was telling the British people, as he maintained a peaceful resolution was the priority, and a solution where the armed forces did not get involved was being sought.
Blair even told voters ‘we’re not proposing military action’, yet the email suggests Bush was under the impression the ‘UK will follow our lead’.
Clearly, that was not the case behind closed doors, and the emails will no doubt give weight to those who accused Blair of being in the back pocket of the Americans, and prepared to back them regardless of public opinion.
It also states that in exchange for Blair acting as a public spin doctor for the US and their invasion in Iraq, by presenting ‘public affairs lines’, the USA would suggest Britain’s relationship with them was one of equal footing.
The memo, which is thought to be one step closer to the inquiry into the war on Iraq being reopened, was written by Secretary of State Colin Powell to President George Bush, on March 28, 2002.
That was right before the Crawford summit, the meeting between Blair and Bush in Texas, 11 months before the official start of the war, where the two discussed the situation in Iraq.
It has long been thought a deal to invade was unofficially struck between the pair, something Blair has repeatedly denied.
Those denials are now looking increasingly redundant.