Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair paid a visit to ‘The View’ and defended his decision to support the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 even though weapons of mass destruction turned out to be nonexistent. Blair made no mention of the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi lives lost during the invasion.
“The important thing is to realize that Saddam actually used chemical weapons against his own people,” Blair said. “He still had those ambitions both in chemical and nuclear weapons. And I took the decision really after September the 11th … that we had, therefore, to change our attitude towards countries like Iraq who were in breach of United Nations resolutions.”
Then, Sherri Shepherd asks Blair to explain his admission that he still would have backed an Iraq invasion even if he had known there were no weapons of mass destruction.
“The question is, was [Saddam Hussein] a threat? You know, did he threaten our security? And, when you look back at what he did, and when you analyze what he would have done had we left him there, then I believe we were justified in thinking he was a threat,” Blair responded.