FPF-fwd.: Richard Norton-Taylor, LondonBritish General wants Blair impeached over IraqTue Jan 10, 2006 09:46
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British General wants Blair impeached over Iraq
By Richard Norton-Taylor, London
January 11, 2006 - A RETIRED British general has called for impeachment proceedings against Tony Blair, accusing the British Prime Minister of misleading Parliament and the public over the invasion of Iraq.
General Sir Michael Rose, commander of United Nations forces in Bosnia in 1994, wrote: "The impeachment of Mr Blair is now something I believe must happen if we are to rekindle interest in the democratic process in this country once again."
Britain was led into war on false pretences, he said. "It was a war that was to unleash untold suffering on the Iraqi people and cause grave damage to the West's prospects in the wider war against global terror."
His call came as a suicide attack, claimed by al-Qaeda, killed 28 people inside Iraq's Interior Ministry, former Iraq governor Paul Bremer criticised US troop levels and it emerged that American journalist Jill Carroll had been kidnapped.
The Interior Ministry's Baghdad compound had been on high alert for a National Police Day parade attended by senior Government ministers and US ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad.
But in a security lapse described by a police official as a "disaster", suicide bombers, dressed as police and with passes giving them high-level security clearance, walked through checkpoints.
When guards became suspicious, judging that one man appeared "too fat", they opened fire, shooting him in the back and detonating his bulky explosive vest. The second bomber, who was mingling with police and civilians, detonated his explosives on hearing the blast, causing most of the casualties.
In interviews to publicise his book My Year in Iraq, Mr Bremer insists that he raised the lack of troop numbers and security with Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and even President George Bush to no avail.
Mr Bremer claims that when he told Vice-President Dick Cheney that he could not discern America's strategy in Iraq, he responded: "Well, I have similar concerns."
The former governor also criticised Mr Rumsfeld for "pumping up" the number of new Iraqi security forces to "justify a drawdown of our forces".
While Mr Bremer supported the decision to go to war, General Rose said most British people had consistently opposed it.
It should not be surprising that "so many of the voters of this country have turned their backs on a democratic system which they feel has so little credibility and is so unresponsive".
The general said MPs should investigate just how far Mr Blair went to evaluate the quality of the intelligence about Iraq's weapons program.
In a program called Iraq: The Failure of War, to bescreened on British television on Friday, General Rose tells formerBBC correspondent Martin Bell that he would certainly haveresigned, had he been on active service at the time of theinvasion.
That, he says, might have caused the politicians to "think twiceabout what they were doing".
General Sir Rupert Smith, who took over from General Rose as UNcommander in Bosnia, says of Iraq in the program: "We oftenactually reinforce our opponent's ability to achieve his objectivebecause his strategy is always to get us to overreact."
Mr Blair's official spokesman said yesterday: "General Rose isentitled to his view. Equally, the (British) Government is entitledto point out that we have had free democratic elections in Iraq forthe first time in well over a generation."
The kidnapping of Ms Carroll, 28, who reports on Iraq for TheChristian Science Monitor, took place on Saturday near theoffice of Sunni leader Adnan al-Dulaimi, whom Carroll had intendedto interview.
One kidnapper pulled the driver from her car, jumped in, anddrove away with several other kidnappers huddled around Carroll andher interpreter, Allan Enwiyah, 32, who was later found dead in thesame neighbourhood, shot twice in the head.
Mr Dulaimi denied later that there had been an appointment.
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n a program called Iraq: The Failure of War, to be screened on British television on Friday, General Rose tells former BBC correspondent Martin Bell that he would certainly have resigned, had he been on active service at the time of the invasion.
That, he says, might have caused the politicians to "think twice about what they were doing".
General Sir Rupert Smith, who took over from General Rose as UN commander in Bosnia, says of Iraq in the program: "We often actually reinforce our opponent's ability to achieve his objective because his strategy is always to get us to overreact."
Mr Blair's official spokesman said yesterday: "General Rose is entitled to his view. Equally, the (British) Government is entitled to point out that we have had free democratic elections in Iraq for the first time in well over a generation."
The kidnapping of Ms Carroll, 28, who reports on Iraq for The Christian Science Monitor, took place on Saturday near the office of Sunni leader Adnan al-Dulaimi, whom Carroll had intended to interview.
One kidnapper pulled the driver from her car, jumped in, and drove away with several other kidnappers huddled around Carroll and her interpreter, Allan Enwiyah, 32, who was later found dead in the same neighbourhood, shot twice in the head.
Mr Dulaimi denied later that there had been an appointment.
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