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Blair memoir 'a love letter to Bush'
Politics UK ^ | August 22, 2010 | By politics.co.uk staff

Posted on 08/22/2010 6:30:37 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

An aide to Tony Blair told the News of the World that the book launches a full defence of the much-derided US president, saying he was the only man with the courage to take on Al-Qaeda.

"It is the biggest and most unapologetic defence of Bush and his ideas ever written," the paper quoted the aide as saying.

"It is basically an extended love letter. Tony says he was wowed by Bush's strength, courage and conviction and saw him as a highly intelligent and visionary friend.

"He says the Americans were the only ones with an effective vision on how to deal with al-Qaeda and Iraq."

If the comments are accurate, the book is sure open up old wounds in Labour, which is still trying to move on from the decision to invade Iraq and the damage done to its reputation by Mr Blair's slavish adherence to American demands.

Activists hoping for an apology for the war were instead greeted by the sight of Mr Blair insisting the international community should take a tougher stance over Iran.

The memoir, A Journey, will be published next month.

(Excerpt) Read more at politics.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: blair; bush; presidentbush; presidentgeorgewbush; tonyblair; uk

1 posted on 08/22/2010 6:30:47 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Miss me yet?


2 posted on 08/22/2010 6:32:28 AM PDT by RightFighter (So this is how liberty dies - with thunderous applause!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Whoa! Even the lefties loved Bush. Who knew?


3 posted on 08/22/2010 6:34:15 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (How do I change my screen name now that we have the most conservative government in the world?)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Staying the course when all seem to be against you.

Courage, convictions, and determination to do what he thought was the right thing to do.

Yes, I miss President Bush.


4 posted on 08/22/2010 6:34:23 AM PDT by Carley (For those who fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Well, I love Bush too.

Hate the way he spent money & grew government.

But, if that’s the trade off for taking an aggressive stance in defense of my country, so be it. His spending was a mere pittance compared to the current regime’s.

He was a fine CIC.


5 posted on 08/22/2010 6:34:33 AM PDT by jazminerose
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Blair took a political thrashing for supporting President Bush and has no regrets.
6 posted on 08/22/2010 6:35:21 AM PDT by AU72
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Gee, wonder if Blair will discuss his role in springing the Lockerbie bomber...?


7 posted on 08/22/2010 6:38:29 AM PDT by mewzilla (Still voteless in NY-29. Over 400 roll call votes missed and counting...)
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To: mewzilla
The Megrahi Affair: Blair, BP & the Libyan link

BTW, the 'Rats have since scuttled the hearings.

8 posted on 08/22/2010 6:40:16 AM PDT by mewzilla (Still voteless in NY-29. Over 400 roll call votes missed and counting...)
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To: jazminerose
Hubby is so ticked off at the first stimulus and tarp, he now calls President Bush, "Bush the Socialist".

The current arrogant occupier of the White House is destroying us.

I miss President Bush.

9 posted on 08/22/2010 6:43:00 AM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (Professional Politicians are a Threat to the Republic! Remove them on 11-2-10!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Lots of articles about Bush recently, almost all positive. Something is up. It seems there is a move to get the Bush name back into the public’s mind so it can be associated with the current bad economy, instead of Obama. I think we will see in the next couple of months many more articles about Bush, Bush, Bush. And it really doesn’t matter what the articles say, only that the Bush name be back at this point in time.

What we are seeing is a political hail mary pass.


10 posted on 08/22/2010 6:43:40 AM PDT by HerrBlucher (In the White House the mighty White House the Liar sleeps tonight.............)
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To: jazminerose
Hate the way he spent money & grew government.

You don't really have too...

Federal Spending, 2001-2008: Defense Is a Rapidly Growing Share of the Budget, While Domestic Appropriations Have Shrunk

11 posted on 08/22/2010 6:48:19 AM PDT by A.Hun (Common sense is no longer common.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I saw Blair speak a couple years ago at a conference, and it was one of the most enjoyable events I have ever attended. While we certainly don’t agree on all issues, he is an incredible speaker and a man of his convictions. He has a great pulse on international events and shares our viewpoint. he promoted Nuclear energy as the future, talked about the cultural problems in the middle east (most notably very real challenges in the education/indoctrination of young people in their schools, and the role of the Chinese. Rarely does one here so much real insight from an individual.

While it was apparent from his speech that he built a strong friendship with Clinton and probably was more eye to eye on domestic issues as a social liberal, he clearly had a respect for President Bush’s leadership post 9/11 that transcended political philosophy.


12 posted on 08/22/2010 6:49:43 AM PDT by ilgipper
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To: ilgipper
...he clearly had a respect for President Bush’s leadership post 9/11 that transcended political philosophy.

I'd've agreed with you on that until Blair involved himself in the Lockerbie bomber deal.

13 posted on 08/22/2010 6:51:43 AM PDT by mewzilla (Still voteless in NY-29. Over 400 roll call votes missed and counting...)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtEH6wZXPA4

Oldies but goodies.


14 posted on 08/22/2010 6:58:54 AM PDT by Chong (How's that HopEy, changEy, (thingEy) stuff working out for ya?)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Thanks ever so much for posting. The piccie really is touching, reminding me of better times.

I still get the chills when I think of the derisory comments on that fateful day, when GWB heard that awful news when he was in a school for the small’uns.

My God, the man hesitated a couple of seconds, to let something sink in that was inhuman in its atrocity and its dimensions.

At that point in time, there was absolutely nothing certain: how many planes, how many casualties, what was still going to happen... it was devilish in its immensity alone.

And still, there were all those snide commentators, who thought GWB weak and not capable, for attempting to understand the incomprehensible.

Still hate those b*stards at the sidelines. I’m in Holland, but I am convinced that all of you share these feelings...


15 posted on 08/22/2010 6:59:46 AM PDT by Ayn And Milton
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To: Ayn And Milton

MSM is still an utter disgrace.


16 posted on 08/22/2010 7:08:56 AM PDT by alecqss
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To: Ayn And Milton

Bush has kept his silence these past 2 years. That will soon change. We are going to see fireworks from the man they love to blame.


17 posted on 08/22/2010 7:16:45 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell (They are the vultures of Dark Crystal screeeching their hatred and fear into the void ....)
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To: mewzilla

Nothing Blair had done or said with regard to the Lockerbie bomber would have mattered if O demanded the man remain in prison rather than be released on compassionate grounds.


18 posted on 08/22/2010 7:28:24 AM PDT by Carley (For those who fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know.)
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To: Amos the Prophet

President Bush’s silence has been worth a million words.

Even the msm is beginning to get the difference between the two men. And O falls short in every way.


19 posted on 08/22/2010 7:30:03 AM PDT by Carley (For those who fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The jury is still out on Bush. The government should have done their homework with re. to Iraq possessing WMD, apparently the CIA could have done a much better job. The first four years of Bush when he heeded the advice of Cheney were unquestionably better than the last four when he weakened under pressure of the left. IE, following the advice of Schumer to appoint Paulsen to Treasury and failure to respond to the constant attacks from the left. And let’s not forget that old man “read my lips” Bush begot Clinton and GW begot Obama!


20 posted on 08/22/2010 7:30:26 AM PDT by kenmcg
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
"It is the biggest and most unapologetic defence of Bush and his ideas ever written," the paper quoted the aide as saying.

Actually that would be War and Decision by Douglas J. Feith, who was Rumsfeld's under secretary for defense policy. It lays out from end to end and in detail the administration's thinking on terrorism and the two wars and demolishes the leftist conspiracy theory BS. It's the book that historians will read when they're trying to figure out what actually happened. Or maybe this Blair book will be the other piece of the puzzle.

21 posted on 08/22/2010 7:40:53 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The left is being confronted with the reality that W won a great victory in Iraq and that their opposition was completely wrong.

If Democrats had their way, we’d be looking down the nuclear barrel of both Iran and Iraq.


22 posted on 08/22/2010 8:18:43 AM PDT by y6162
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Tony says he was wowed by Bush's strength, courage and conviction and saw him as a highly intelligent and visionary friend.

This is heart-warming.

I remember reading that Cherie Blair complimented Bush for befriending their boys and she spoke of how friendly and kind Bush was in explaining his political views though many of them differed from the Blairs.

Mrs. Blair said that Bush was a better friend to them than the Clinton even though they and the Clinton were more aligned politically (on domestic issues).

23 posted on 08/22/2010 11:06:20 AM PDT by what's up
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To: Amos the Prophet

Are there indications when? Upcoming midterm elections? Polls?


24 posted on 08/23/2010 2:12:30 AM PDT by Ayn And Milton
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To: Ayn And Milton

Bush’s book is slated to be released immediately after the midterms. He has said that he will begin speakiing about current affairs at that time. He wants to give O a full 2 years before commenting.


25 posted on 08/23/2010 6:10:35 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell (They are the vultures of Dark Crystal screeeching their hatred and fear into the void ....)
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To: Amos the Prophet

OK and thank you! GWB has made a steady rise in my character perception. That began way back when he heard of 9/11 first. I had to make do with what Dutch media had written and showed until then. Which was contrary to reality, it turned out to be.


26 posted on 08/23/2010 7:10:05 AM PDT by Ayn And Milton
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