Boyce & Tebbit slam ‘Blair blamer’ Clare Short for refusing to help “not poor enough” Iraqis

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    3rd December, 2009

    Tebbit: Tony Blair had to intervene “to finally hammer out the terms of proper support”

    Amazing accusations from today’s Iraq Inquiry. I expect anti-Blair/anti-war publications will ALL lead with this. Ye-e-e-es, of course.  In case not, it’s here, below. (source BBC, with short clip video of Boyce’s damning remarks on Short’s DfID.)



    Sir Kevin Tebbit, who was the senior civil servant at the Ministry of Defence, suggested DFID was fundamentally at odds with the rest of the government at that time.

    He told the inquiry: “DFID felt a second UN resolution was absolutely essential before they could agree to do anything. That meant that it was only late in the day that we were able to get them fully engaged.

    “Their focus on poverty relief rather than backing a strategic objective of the British government meant they were not sure at first the Iraqi people were quite poor enough to deserve major DFID aid.”

    Tony Blair had to intervene “to finally hammer out the terms of proper support”, he said.

    […]

    … Lord Boyce said Department for International Development (DfID) experts had received instructions not to help with the reconstruction.

    He told the inquiry in London: “I thought DFID were particularly uncooperative, as led by Clare Short.

    “You had people on the ground who were excellent operators from DFID who were told to sit in a tent and not to do anything because that was the instruction they received. I actually met them.”



    NOT SAINT CLARE OF ASSISI … ASSES?

    NOT SHE OF THE RELENTLESS, ‘PRINCIPLED’, PURSUIT OF THE ‘ILLEGAL’ ACTION OF TONY BLAIR!?  SURELY NOT!?

    So, why did this “principled”, “generous”, “peace-loving” and “honest” woman order the people under HER control to sit in their tents and do nothing? Why not help the Iraqi people? We were not at war with them but with their leader.  Since there can be NO sensible reason for doing nothing, there has to be an ulterior motive. What about this one ? …

    To blacken Tony Blair and his decision to go into Iraq in the first place.

    She had failed in other ways to prevent the action. Yet, for two months AFTER the invasion, until Blair had to do her job for her, and then sack her, Mr Blair had kept this person in his government. Too, TOO generous, Mr Blair.

    If there was another reason for her failure to use the resources at her disposal –  Ms Short, please explain.

    If no explanation is forthcoming we will have to await her Iraq Inquiry witness evidence. Can hardly wait.

    I wondered if she was going soft last week when she said this. (Now I know WHY she said it. It’s always useful to avoid summary justice, even for the “enemy”, is it not, Ms Short?)

    Clare Short:

    “I don’t think it will satisfy people who are hoping to hang, draw and quarter Tony Blair, or refer him to the International Court that’s not going to happen,” said Clare Short, an ex-Cabinet minister who quit in protest two months after the invasion.

    Perhaps she knew something we didn’t about the behaviour and decisions of others, including herself.

    She and Mr Blair will both be testifying before the inquiry.

    Source

    BBC article follows:


    UK development experts were told to sit in their tents and “not do anything” in the aftermath of the Iraq war, former defence chief Lord Boyce has claimed.

    He told the Iraq inquiry soldiers did much of the reconstruction, with the international development department “particularly uncooperative”.

    They were not sure the Iraqis “were poor enough to deserve aid”, he said.

    International Development Secretary Clare Short quit two months in protest at the lack of UN involvement in Iraq.

    She declined to comment on Lord Boyce’s allegations.

    In the run-up to the war, Ms Short had repeatedly said Britain should not invade without a second UN resolution.

    But she said she was persuaded to stay in the Cabinet by then prime minister Tony Blair, who she said promised her department a leading role in post-war reconstruction.

    She eventually quit over the lack of UN involvement in the reconstruction effort, and has reacted angrily in the past to suggestions that her opposition to the conflict hampered preparations for post-war reconstruction, telling MPs in 2004 such claims were “inaccurate and misleading”.

    But Lord Boyce said Department for International Development (DfID) experts had received instructions not to help with the reconstruction.

    He told the inquiry in London: “I thought DFID were particularly uncooperative, as led by Clare Short.

    “You had people on the ground who were excellent operators from DFID who were told to sit in a tent and not to do anything because that was the instruction they received. I actually met them.”

    ‘Poverty relief’

    Sir Kevin Tebbit, who was the senior civil servant at the Ministry of Defence, suggested DFID was fundamentally at odds with the rest of the government at that time.

    He told the inquiry: “DFID felt a second UN resolution was absolutely essential before they could agree to do anything. That meant that it was only late in the day that we were able to get them fully engaged.

    “Their focus on poverty relief rather than backing a strategic objective of the British government meant they were not sure at first the Iraqi people were quite poor enough to deserve major DFID aid.”

    Tony Blair had to intervene “to finally hammer out the terms of proper support”, he said.

    The Iraq inquiry is hearing from senior diplomats and policy advisers who shaped policy in the run-up to the war.

    The crucial question of the legality of the war will not be addressed until early next year, when Tony Blair is expected to give evidence.

    Ms Short has since resigned the Labour whip, after launching a withering attack on Mr Blair and New Labour. She now sits in the Commons as an independent.

    Visit BBC for original source including video clip of Boyce on Short




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