Gordon Brown’s New Book: United States Misled UK During The 2003 Iraq War

According to a new claim, Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has released his new book in which he claims Pentagon misled the UK over the case for Iraq invasion.

During a television show, Brown accused the US of failing to share devastating intelligence that undermined the case for the invasion of Iraq in 2003, “We were misled by the Pentagon”.

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Gordon Brown claimed Tony Blair used the assertion that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction to argue that Britain needed to join the military action while Saddam Hussein did not have weapons of mass destruction but kept Britain in the dark.

In his new book, My Life, Brown writes that there was a “rush to war” in March 2003, adding that he asks himself “over and over whether I could have made more of a difference before that fateful decision was taken”.

Brown said a secret US intelligence report into Iraq’s military capabilities was never passed to Britain which could have changed the course of events. Brown said: “war could not be justified as a last resort and invasion cannot now be seen as a proportionate response”.

Pointing to a crucial set of papers from September 2002, commissioned by the then US defence secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, Brown stated that evidence of the existence of WMDs was weak, even negligible and in key areas nonexistent.

Brown writes:

“It is astonishing that none of us in the British government ever saw this American report. It is now clear how forcibly this report challenged the official view: ‘We’ve struggled to estimate the unknown … We range from 0% to about 75% knowledge on various aspects of their [Iraq’s WMD] program’,”.

“This highly confidential US evidence was a refutation not only of the claim that Iraq was producing WMDs but also of their current capability to do so,” Brown said.

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