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Ear to the Ground

Tony Blair Stands by Bush, Iraq War

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Posted on Sep 1, 2010
White House / Paul Morse

The former British prime minister’s fall from boy wonder to lapdog caricature has a lot to do with George W. Bush and their shared Iraq adventure. In his new autobiography, normally the place for reflection and re-evaluation, Blair defends both his relationship with the American president and the mess in Mesopotamia.

The BBC has collected some of the choicer quotes from Blair’s tome.

BBC:

GEORGE W BUSH

I had come to like and admire George. I was asked recently which of the political leaders I had met had the most integrity. I listed George near the top. Some people were aghast… thinking I was joking. He had genuine integrity and as much political courage as any leader I ever met. He was, in a bizarre sense… a true idealist.

IRAQ WAR

I am unable to satisfy the desire even of some of my supporters, who would like me to say: It was a mistake but one made in good faith. Friends opposed to the war think I’m being obstinate; others, less friendly, think I’m delusional. To both I may say: Keep an open mind.

IRAQ - BEREAVED FAMILIES

Do they really suppose I don’t care, don’t feel, don’t regret with every fibre of my being the loss of those who died? To be indifferent to that would be inhuman, emotionally warped.

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By ejreed, September 5, 2010 at 3:47 am Link to this comment

Angry Crowds Meet Blair at Book Signing
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has been met by angry crowds in Dublin as he arrived to promote his memoirs. This was Blair’s first public signing session since his Book, titled “A Journey” was launched earlier this week. http://www.newslook.com/videos/247425-angry-crowds-meet-blair-at-book-signing?autoplay=true

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By Sodium-Na, September 3, 2010 at 10:32 am Link to this comment

A war criminal defends another war criminal.

Both and all others who had instigated the destruction of Iraq,a functioning society by any standard,should be indicted and face International Justice,so that they would be a lesson for all potential war criminals and instigators of war that might be in the future.

There is no legal status of limitation for war criminals and instigators of war.

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By Go Right Young Man, September 3, 2010 at 7:38 am Link to this comment

Hammond Eggs,

Arab monsters?

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By Hammond Eggs, September 3, 2010 at 1:37 am Link to this comment

By Go Right Young Man, September 2 at 9:44 am


Ausgezeichnet, meine lieber Herr Blair!  Wir haben alle die Arabische Untermenschen vernichten. Verdamte Schweine!  Heute der Arabische Ungeheur.  Morgen die Welt!

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By robert puglia, September 2, 2010 at 9:37 am Link to this comment
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excrement, mr. blair.

you stood up with those we know were the enemy and beat
back truth where it was most needed at the time.

history will judge you morally indigent.

***k you, mr. blair.  ***k you so very much for your
sturm und drang.  out!

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By Napolean DoneHisPart, September 2, 2010 at 8:55 am Link to this comment

-TYPO-

If ‘we’ had been pedigreed as he and ‘his’ cohorts have, will our hearts have been any different?

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By Napolean DoneHisPart, September 2, 2010 at 8:54 am Link to this comment

My, how blinding are those fancy shiny things money can buy you.

Consider- If had been pedigreed as he and cohorts have, will our hearts have been any different?

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By robert puglia, September 2, 2010 at 7:13 am Link to this comment
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he should stand by a ferrari 458 italia

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By FRTothus, September 2, 2010 at 6:40 am Link to this comment

This man should be brought up on war crimes charges and charges for mass murder and hung.

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By Go Right Young Man, September 2, 2010 at 5:44 am Link to this comment

Excellent, Mr. Blair.

You stood up to those you knew were an enemy and beat back tyranny where it was most needed at the time. 

You helped to end Saddam Hussein, disarm Libya, dismantle A.Q. Kahn, humiliated Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia and aided in Syria leaving Lebanon.  The lives you ultimately helped to save is incalculable.

History will judge you a moral giant. 

Thank you, Mr. Blair.  Thank you so very much for your strength and courage.  Outstanding!

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By Hammond Eggs, September 1, 2010 at 10:53 pm Link to this comment

Blair, supposedly, is religious.  In that case, he’d better start wondering what Hell is going to look like.

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By William W. Wexler, September 1, 2010 at 9:23 pm Link to this comment

It seems odd that someone as dumped on and useless as Toadie Blair would be valued by anyone as someone to stand behind anyone or any action.

Blair was at the Downing Street Memos meeting.  In other words, he was complicit in helping Bush deceive Americans into supporting the disastrous invasion of Iraq. 

We owe him a subpoena, to the Hague, to promise to tell the truth about deception, lies, and other nasties that got a good number of people killed, maimed, or displaced.

When’s that coming up?

-Wexler

As to Blair’s tears, fuck ‘im.

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By CaptRon, September 1, 2010 at 9:13 pm Link to this comment

Stiff upper lip Tony? Couldn’t help it could you. You had to step up and speak when you should have shut up. You now have stirred the masses in England and the pursuit of justice will begin anew. Thank you Tony Blair. Thank you for allowing this discussion of your involvement and your alliance with Georgie Bush in what was the largest injustice in decades. Kind of like the almost bully who goes to the smaller person to show their power to scare others, to show their might because someone took advantage of you while you were sleeping and vulnerable. You’re not sure who it was, so you go to the most vulnerable country that you know you can bully back without any retaliation. Thus, you send the message that you are somebody not to be fooled with, and to be shown justified you create false proof that it was that country that was responsible. Proof was leaked against you showing this and you were lucky the first time to get away with it, but you just had to try to salvage your integrity. The integrity you do not possess. I only hope that this brings your partner(s) in crime along with you and you all get prosecuted for the deaths of the people you helped send to a false and unjust war, and for the many people that were ruined by the cost of this false war in lives and money and jobs, etc., etc., etc. Show your integrity Tony, be the whistleblower to save your integrity before a Cheney decision comes to eliminate the possibility. Thank you Tony. May the chips land where they should.

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By Amon Drool, September 1, 2010 at 4:59 pm Link to this comment

it’s been reported that, in his book, blair has said he’s shed tears over the victims of the iraq war.  so tony, do u think those tears were brought forth by your compassion for others or by a guilty repressed subconscious that is trying to tell u that u aided and abetted their victimization?

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