UK 30 November 2009 Blair on Iraq: "Happy to go through it all again" I'm ready to face inquiry, says Blair Sign up for our weekly email * Print HTML Tony Blair has emerged on CNN to make his first public comments on the Iraq inquiry since it opened last week. He insists he's ready to face scrutiny: I've been through these issues many, many times over the past few years and I'm very happy to go through them again. To which we can only reply: "So are we, Tony, so are we." Unsurprisingly, Blair denies the Mail on Sunday's exclusive report that Lord Goldsmith wrote to him in July 2002 warning that removing Saddam Hussein from power would be illegal. He also insists that he does not feel "betrayed" by the former US ambassador Sir Christopher Meyer, who told the inquiry that Blair's position on regime change "tightened" after the 2002 meeting at Bush's Crawford ranch. Blair ends, amusingly, by misquoting President Truman: I think it was one of your presidents that once said, "If you can't stand the heat don't come into the kitchen", and that's my view of politics. If Chilcot does his job (and I remain he confident he will), Blair will be wishing by the end that he was out of the kitchen. Follow the New Statesman team on Twitter › Iraq inquiry: Blair's 2002 promise exposed George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman. Subscribe from just £1 per issue More Related articles Is Labour really as doomed as it seems? The polls have got it wrong before Two referendums have revived the Tories and undone Labour If the cuts are necessary, where's Philip Hammond's deficit target gone?