9th November 2010
Just a quickie
The papers will be all over George W Bush’s memoirs ‘Decision Points’ tomorrow. For instance – waterboarding saved British lives – “I ordered the Pentagon to prepare to attack Syria and Iran” – you know, all that doing his job stuff.
The bit that caught my eye wasn’t how Bush heard overtones of Churchill in Blair’s response to 9/11. I knew that already, instinctively.
This is the fun bit, in the Guardian on how “Tony never wavered”:
One of Blair’s traits that Bush liked was his sense of humour. When Blair departed Downing Street to take on the job as Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiator, Bush recalls Blair joking: “If I win the Nobel peace prize, you’ll know I have failed.”
So there we have it. The Nobel Peace Prize. Awarded only to those who have failed. Hmmm…
It seems that Tony (Blair, if you’ve forgotten) is the only leader referred to throughout Bush’s book by his first name. Friends at Decision Points are friends for life.
Sign the Ban Blair-Baiting petition here
“All countries need a leader who isn’t afraid to fight terrorism. I believe Mr. Blair did a necessary job in helping his allies. Are we all just supposed to lie down and wait for them to come for us, I don’t think so.”
And – “Mr. Blair is one of the finest politicians to have had the privilege of serving the United Kingdom, and Britons are fortunate to have had him as their Prime Minister. Time will show that Mr. Blair’s approach to affairs in the Middle East were and remain correct. From a member of the Commonwealth, thank you, Mr. Blair, for your continued service to legitimate and lasting (and not convenient or politically expedient) freedom.”
AND – “Tony Blair was the greatest Prime Minister since Winston Churchill and the only regret I have he didn’t get my vote as I live in Canada.”
AND – “I am sick and tired of television and radio interviewers asking the same old questions over and over, regarding the decision to go to war in Iraq, presumably they hope Mr Blair will let slip some secret information which they would then use against him. History will show if the decision was the right one, (I believe it was) but people must accept that Tony Blair is an honourable man, and made his decision based on the known facts and not with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight.”
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