US lawyers persuaded Lord Goldsmith to change his mind on Iraq war

David Brown
London Times
Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

American government lawyers helped to persuade Lord Goldsmith to give Tony Blair the “green light” for the Iraq war just weeks before the invasion, it emerged today.

Lord Goldsmith said that guidance from Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary had also been crucial in changing his own advice to the Prime Minister in late February 2003.

The Attorney-General at the time of the war said told the Iraq Inquiry today that he had initially warned Mr Blair that United Nations resolution 1441, passed in November 2002, did not provide a legal basis for overthrowing Saddam Hussein.

In his initial five-page draft opinion, which he gave to Mr Blair on January 14, he warned that he still believed a further resolution was necessary, specifically authorising the use of force.

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