Former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair’s “self-penned volume ‘A Journey’ was published on [August 31, 2010] the day the United States formally ended combat operations in Iraq after a conflict that claimed more than 100,000 deaths, most of them civilians. Blair, 57, said he felt ‘desperately sorry’ for the lives cut short, but said the mistaken belief that Saddam was hiding weapons of mass destruction was an ‘understandable error.’ ‘I can’t regret the decision to go to war… I can say that never did I guess the nightmare that unfolded,’ said Blair, referring to the years of political and sectarian bloodshed in Iraq that followed the invasion.”

 – Karolina Tagaris, “UK’s Blair Says did not Foresee Iraq ‘Nightmare,'” Reuters, Sep. 1, 2010