John Key seems intent on rewriting history.
This must be about the 8th time he’s tried this tactic in the last couple of days. It’s an indictment on these radio hosts that they’re prepared to let him get away with it.
The question Key was originally asked made no reference whatsoever of the invasion – it asked why any mention of Iraq was missing from their policy document.
Here’s Wallace Chapman from KiwiFM:
PRESENTER: About the ah, comment of the, the Iraq war is over, where, was that taken out of context or, what was the story around that.
KEY: Oh that’s for sure. Look, I’ve never suggested the conflict in Iraq was over. The um, because very clearly it isn’t um, the question I was asked was in relation to the invasion of Iraq.
PRESENTER: Right. Okay. So that’s um…
KEY: I mean, clearly there’s an insurgency operating there and ah, without doubt, that’s the case but I was asked about committing troops to the invasion of Iraq.