London, November 14 (RHC)-- Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair had "deliberately" excluded members of the government from the decision-making process in the run-up to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, according to an ex-Cabinet secretary in London.
Speaking at a Foreign Office seminar, former top British civil servant Lord Butler said Blair intentionally kept away the majority of the Cabinet from documents drawn up to examine the case for the Iraq war in 2003, the Civil Service World magazine reported on Wednesday.
Blair, the former leader of Britain's Labour party, is globally discredited for his war crimes, as under his premiership between 1997 and 2007 hundreds of thousands were killed and injured in illegal military interventions.
On March 19, 2003, U.S.-led forces invaded Iraq under the pretext of wiping out the stocks of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) in the country. However, no such weapons were ever found in Baghdad.
Hundreds of thousands of people were killed and Iraq's infrastructure was destroyed following the U.S.-led invasion and subsequent occupation of the country.