Tony Blair: ‘I wanted war.’

In an upcoming BBC documentary entitled The Blair Years, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair “admitted for the first time that he ignored the pleas of his aides and ministers to deter President Bush from waging war on Iraq because he believed that America was doing the right thing. And he has acknowledged that he turned down a last-ditch offer from Mr Bush to pull Britain out of the conflict.” By the spring of 2004, Blair was suffering a “crisis of confidence” about the decision he made:

Tony Blair suffered an extraordinary crisis of confidence which almost triggered his resignation three years before he left office, his friends have suggested.

In the spring of 2004, Mr Blair was deeply depressed by the failure to secure a lasting peace in Iraq and relations had plummeted to a new low with Gordon Brown because of his refusal to set a date to quit 10 Downing Street.