TIM SHIPMAN
Daily Mail
December 16, 2009

The head of MI6 and Britain’s top diplomat yesterday refused to back Tony Blair’s assertion that the war in Iraq was worth the human and financial cost.

[efoods]In testimony to the Chilcot Inquiry, spymaster Sir John Sawers and Sir Nigel Sheinwald, Britain’s ambassador in Washington, both admitted they now agonise over whether the UK should have joined the invasion.

They warned that, in doing so, Britain had damaged its reputation around the world.

The two men were among Mr Blair’s closest aides in planning the war and handling the aftermath.

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