Azara Blog: Geoff Hoon claims the UK tried to stop the US disbanding the Iraqi army

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Date published: 2006/12/09

The BBC says:

Britain tried to stop the US disbanding the army in Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime, Europe Minister Geoff Hoon has said.

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Mr Hoon says British ministers "lost the argument".

His comments come after a senior US official described the relationship between the British and American governments as "totally one-sided".

Downing Street said the two countries had "a very close" relationship.

Isn't it amazing how the people who started the Iraq fiasco are now all trying to blame each other for the mess? (Well, some Americans, with amazing gall, are also trying to blame the Iraqis.) No doubt Britain did have a more sane approach to the war. Unfortunately America was calling the shots. But the whole idea was so misguided it's hard to see how it could have turned out ok in the end. Blair signed up, so Blair shares the blame with Bush.

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