Cabinet minister: Iraq was wrong

30 May

Deputy PM hopeful, Harriet Harman, plays the Iraq card: –

“How would you re-unite the Labour Party after Iraq?” That was one of the many searching questions from Party members in Sheffield to us 6 deputy leadership candidates.  Here’s what I answered

  • I would not have voted for the invasion of Iraq if I had know there were no weapons of mass destruction.  We were wrong on that – there were no WMDs.  We have to admit that.
  • after the troops return we should have an enquiry which looks not just at the decision to go in but also the planning for the immediate post-invasion period
  • we should encourage a debate in Britain about our relationship with the US.  I regard them as important allies – but we must always do what is in our interests and is in the interest of peace and security in the world.
  • we should never forget the tragic loss of life in Iraq – our service men and women and Iraqi civilians.  But nor should we forget the lives saved by UK armed intervention in Sierra Leone, Kosovo and lives saved through our Aid programme for the developing world.

Should help her cause. I wonder, will they all play this hand, and what would this mean for Gordon? After all, didn’t Gordie throw his lot in with Blair ages ago?

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10 Responses to “Cabinet minister: Iraq was wrong”

  1. pepeperez67@hotmail.com May 31, 2007 at 11:54 am #

    After the Iraq adventure the Labour Party must imperatively undergo an overhaul if it wants to get back the loyalty of its electors. Anyone belonging to the Blair’s cabinet who didn’t say a word contrary to his Iraq activities doesn’t deserve the support of those electors who rightly feel themselves betrayed. A war is not a game.

  2. pepeperez67@hotmail.com May 31, 2007 at 11:54 am #

    After the Iraq adventure the Labour Party must imperatively undergo an overhaul if it wants to get back the loyalty of its electors. Anyone belonging to the Blair’s cabinet who didn’t say a word contrary to his Iraq activities doesn’t deserve the support of those electors who rightly feel themselves betrayed. A war is not a game.

  3. jamesjrw@btinternet.com May 31, 2007 at 12:47 pm #

    “I would not have voted for the invasion of Iraq if I had know there were no weapons of mass destruction. We were wrong on that – there were no WMDs. We have to admit that.”Many were wrong on that. But there wasn’t much of a case for intervention even if she was right. Saddam had been effectively deterred from using his WMD in Gulf War I, which was the obvious time to use them against the west if ever he was going to. By 2003 he was a spent force internationally, well and truly. No points for Harriet there, in my book. “after the troops return we should have an enquiry which looks not just at the decision to go in but also the planning for the immediate post-invasion period” – why not think about planning _before_ the invasion Harriet? You were part of the gvt which took us there. “we should encourage a debate in Britain about our relationship with the US. I regard them as important allies – but we must always do what is in our interests and is in the interest of peace and security in the world.”Why not? The US only ever acts in its own interest, they don’t do charity any more than HH suggests we should.”what is in our interests and is in the interest of peace and security in the world.”Are these often distinguishable?

  4. jamesjrw@btinternet.com May 31, 2007 at 12:47 pm #

    “I would not have voted for the invasion of Iraq if I had know there were no weapons of mass destruction. We were wrong on that – there were no WMDs. We have to admit that.”Many were wrong on that. But there wasn’t much of a case for intervention even if she was right. Saddam had been effectively deterred from using his WMD in Gulf War I, which was the obvious time to use them against the west if ever he was going to. By 2003 he was a spent force internationally, well and truly. No points for Harriet there, in my book. “after the troops return we should have an enquiry which looks not just at the decision to go in but also the planning for the immediate post-invasion period” – why not think about planning _before_ the invasion Harriet? You were part of the gvt which took us there. “we should encourage a debate in Britain about our relationship with the US. I regard them as important allies – but we must always do what is in our interests and is in the interest of peace and security in the world.”Why not? The US only ever acts in its own interest, they don’t do charity any more than HH suggests we should.”what is in our interests and is in the interest of peace and security in the world.”Are these often distinguishable?

  5. ashoksoni@hotmail.com May 31, 2007 at 6:11 pm #

    based on the newsnight appearance of the all the candidates, no one except HH regrets the invasion of Iraq.

  6. ashoksoni@hotmail.com May 31, 2007 at 6:11 pm #

    based on the newsnight appearance of the all the candidates, no one except HH regrets the invasion of Iraq.

  7. spyder-360@hotmail.com May 31, 2007 at 9:02 pm #

    If I was Gaudie or a member of the Labour Party I would give this woman a right good kicking.How ridiculous a statement. Yes if I knew then what I know now. Hindsight is a wonderful thing. Irrespective, of this remark this woman is a complete liability, she seems completely unbound by the aspect of collective responsibility of cabinet, is high critical of the government she served in for the last ten years and has the audacity to suggest that her major qualification for the role is the fact she is a woman! Load of crap quite frankly.On yer bike love. Alan Johnson all the way.

  8. spyder-360@hotmail.com May 31, 2007 at 9:02 pm #

    If I was Gaudie or a member of the Labour Party I would give this woman a right good kicking.How ridiculous a statement. Yes if I knew then what I know now. Hindsight is a wonderful thing. Irrespective, of this remark this woman is a complete liability, she seems completely unbound by the aspect of collective responsibility of cabinet, is high critical of the government she served in for the last ten years and has the audacity to suggest that her major qualification for the role is the fact she is a woman! Load of crap quite frankly.On yer bike love. Alan Johnson all the way.

  9. rwsymonds@hotmail.co.uk June 1, 2007 at 9:59 pm #

    “In an age of universal deceit…”

  10. rwsymonds@hotmail.co.uk June 1, 2007 at 9:59 pm #

    “In an age of universal deceit…”

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