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Blair "seduced" by U.S. before Iraq war - ex-diplomat


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Jan 28, 2005
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This was said by the ex-British diplomat in Washington, who helped in planning the Iraq War. He says that the invasion of Iraq was rushed and not properly planned for.

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Tony Blair was "seduced by the glamour of U.S. power" in the build-up to the Iraq war and repeatedly failed to influence U.S. policy, a former top diplomat said in comments published on Monday.

Christopher Meyer, a former British ambassador in Washington who was heavily involved in the pre-war planning, said Blair was reluctant to negotiate conditions with President George W. Bush over Britain's support for war.
Blair did not use his position as Washington's most important ally to delay the start of the war to give more time to plan for what to do after the fall of Saddam Hussein, Meyer said.

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