initially was against the 'unlawful’ Iraq invasion:
That the invasion of Iraq by George Bush led US military was illegal
and deliberately designed on the pretext of Weapons of Mass
Britain and the US were considering measures to bring down the
Saddam Hussein regime in 2001, two years before the second Gulf War,
the head of MI6 has said.
Sawers, who acted as Tony Blair’s private secretary for foreign
affairs in the run-up to the Iraq invasion in March 2003, said that
discussions about “political” measures that could be taken against
Saddam were taking place as early as 2001.
to The Independent, Sawyers also said that the US ignored warnings
over the removal of tens of thousands of members of Saddam’s Baath
party from their administrative posts.
told the Iraq inquiry that there was no talk of military action in
2001, but that the country was one of several in which the British
Government would have liked to have seen a regime change. He said
that the preferred tactics were similar to those used to oust the
former Serbian leader, Slobodan Milosevic.
in Whitehall considered plans including the bolstering of a number
of opposition groups within Iraq. There was even talk of having
Saddam indicted as a war criminal as a result of his invasion of
Kuwait in 1990.
took place as early as January 2001 with Dick Cheney, the former US
Vice President, and National Security Adviser, Condoleeza Rice, as
President Bush prepared to enter the White House.
about whether there was a way Saddam Hussein could be indicted for
war crimes, whether there was a vision that could be created for the
Iraqi people of what life would be like after Saddam Hussein,”
no discussion of military invasion or anything like that,” he added.