NBC’s Mitchell to Blair: Wouldn’t Iraq Be a ‘Better Place’ Without 2003 Invasion?
NBC’s Mitchell to Blair: Wouldn’t Iraq Be a ‘Better Place’ Without 2003 Invasion? (Mediaite)
On Meet the Press Sunday morning, NBC News’Andrea Mitchell asked former British Prime Minister Tony Blair about his recent essay, in which he called the theory that the 2003 invasion of Iraq had led to the current destabilization of the region “bizarre.”
“If we had not invaded in 2003, wouldn’t Iraq be a very, very different place, a better place?” Mitchell asked.
“It’s hard to judge,” Blair replied. “Obviously, if you would ask some of the Kurds, against whom Saddam launched genocide, or people down is Basra, the Shia area, the area excluded from government, excluded from their rights of worship, they would probably say no. If you ask the people in Baghdad who have had the terrible time over the last few years, they would probably say yes.”