- This was a report with a spine, not the whitewash some feared
- Chilcot highlighted failures in decisions, planning and execution
- And while then-PM Blair has defended himself, some changes are already clear in British government
Robin Oakley was political editor and columnist for The Times newspaper in London from 1986 to 1992, the BBC's political editor from 1992 to 2000, and CNN's European Political Editor between 2000 and 2008. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely his.
London (CNN)It took seven years to produce but Sir John Chilcot's inquiry at least had clarity at the end about what happened when Tony Blair's New Labour Government joined George W. Bush in invading Iraq to topple Saddam Hussein.