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Military ‘had no idea’ why we were going to war with Iraq, Colonel Tim Collins tells inquiry

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UK Daily Mail
Sept 14, 2010

Britain’s Government and military leaders had ‘absolutely no idea’ what to do in the aftermath of the invasion of Iraq, a prominent veteran of the 2003 war said today.

Colonel Tim Collins, who became famous worldwide for his inspirational eve-of-battle address to his men in the Royal Irish Regiment, said the Chilcot Inquiry into the war should recommend action to end a culture of ‘obsequiousness’ among senior military officers which led to them telling politicians what they wanted to hear.

He was speaking as the inquiry team visited the Army base in Tidworth, Wiltshire, to hear evidence from troops who served on the frontline in Iraq about the conditions they found there.

Asked if he had a clear understanding of the reasons for war as he prepared his troops for the invasion, Col Collins told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘Absolutely not. I don’t think anybody had any idea why it was we were going to do this.’

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