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  • Decorated Para facing prosecution 44 years after shooting dead an IRA killer [tr]

    07/30/2016 8:14:42 AM PDT · by pabianice · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/30/16 | Hardy
    A bloody outrage: The decorated Para facing prosecution 44 years after shooting dead an IRA killer - while the blood-soaked men of terror know they'll never face justice (thanks to Blair's squalid 'peace' deal) Soldier C faces prosecution for shooting the IRA commander Joe McCann The 65-year-old had been cleared of any wrong-doing over killing in 1972 Thought case is politically motivated and designed to appease IRA families Meanwhile, suspected IRA terrorists avoid prosecution due to Blair's deal Soldier C is a man who rarely shows emotion. Having served his country for 23 years in both the Parachute Regiment and...
  • Labour wanted mass immigration to make UK more multicultural, says former adviser

    07/24/2016 11:28:29 PM PDT · by Enchante · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | October 23, 2009 | Tom Whitehead
    He said the final published version of the report promoted the labour market case for immigration but unpublished versions contained additional reasons, he said. He wrote: "Earlier drafts I saw also included a driving political purpose: that mass immigration was the way that the Government was going to make the UK truly multicultural. "I remember coming away from some discussions with the clear sense that the policy was intended even if this wasn't its main purpose to rub the Right's nose in diversity and render their arguments out of date." The "deliberate policy", from late 2000 until "at...
  • Labour has the stench of death meet the killers

    07/17/2016 10:52:10 AM PDT · by proxy_user · 3 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 17 July 2016 | Nick Cohen
    Seumas Milne remains on the staff of the Guardian and Observer while Labour pays him to work as its director of strategy. As a colleague on leave, he has the right to be treated with a gentleness journalists would not usually extend to spin doctors who do not enjoy his advantages. I therefore write with the caution of a good corporate man and the cheeriness of a co-worker when I say Milne could not do a better job of keeping the Tories in power if rogue MI5 agents had groomed him at Winchester College, signed him up at Oxford University...
  • Fox Cuts Off Former UK PM Tony Blair to Hear Trumps Take on Brexit

    06/24/2016 7:39:39 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 42 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | Alex Griswold
    Fox News scored quite the interview Friday morning with former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair to get his take on the successful British referendum to leave the European Union, but decided to cut it short to hear Donald Trump speak. Blair was the perfect guest to discuss the political and legal turmoil now facing Britain, and especially to discuss the news that Prime Minister David Cameron will be resigning in the coming months. But then Trump began speaking in Scotland, and Fox made up its mind.
  • Cruz for President Announces Endorsement of Pastor Paul Blair

    01/14/2016 8:12:35 AM PST · by Isara · 22 replies
    Cruz News ^ | January 13, 2016
    Evangelical Influencer Supports Cruz for PresidentHOUSTON, Texas – Presidential candidate Ted Cruz today announced the endorsement of Paul Blair, President of Reclaiming America for Christ and the pastor of Fairview Baptist Church.Blair was raised in Edmond, Oklahoma, and spent five years in the NFL. Since 2001, he has served as the Senior Pastor of Fairview Baptist Church in Edmond, Oklahoma. Pastor Blair speaks around the United States on the topics of Christian apologetics, a biblical worldview, Islam, and the nation's Christian heritage. He is also a member of the Council for National Policy.Pastor Blair was named Oklahoma's Pastor of the...
  • Support for Isis stretches 'deep into parts of Muslim societies,' says Blair (Trump 2016!)

    12/09/2015 7:45:29 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 10 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | Thursday 3 December 2015 20.26 EST | Nicholas Watt
    Support for Isis stretches 'deep into parts of Muslim societies,' says Blair Former prime minister warns of large-scale terror attacks in Europe as he praises MPs for voting for airstrikes in Syria and says Isis ideology ‘has deep roots’ Nicholas Watt Chief political correspondent Thursday 3 December 2015 20.26 EST Support for the propaganda of Islamic State stretches “deep into parts of Muslim societies”, Tony Blair has said as he warned of terror attacks on a larger scale than the shootings and bombings in Paris last month unless the group and its ideology are defeated. In a speech in Washington,...
  • Former PM urged Hillary Clinton not to 'humiliate' dictator as he attempted to broker peace

    11/01/2015 6:52:50 AM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/31/15 | Daniel Bates
    Emails reveal Blair's fight to save Gaddafi: Former PM urged Hillary Clinton not to 'humiliate' dictator as he attempted to broker peace after eruption of civil war Extraordinary details of Tony Blair's involvement with Colonel Gaddafi's tottering Libyan regime are revealed in the latest of Hillary Clinton's emails released by the US State Department. Mr Blair repeatedly spoke to the dictator on the phone in an attempt to broker peace after civil war erupted in 2011. Mr Blair, then Middle East peace envoy, said he found the despot's right hand man 'sensible' and urged Mrs Clinton, at that time the...
  • Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has finally apologised for the Iraq War <tr>

    10/25/2015 3:49:16 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 22 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | Simon Kent and Raheem Kassam
    The frank confession comes after 12 years in which he steadfastly refused to say sorry for the conflict, but the timing of his newfound penitence has been flagged up as perhaps yet another shrewd political move, rather than one of sorrow and conviction. Mr Blair makes his qualified admission during a TV interview about the hell caused by his and then U.S. President George W. Bushs decision to oust dictator Saddam Hussein. He repeatedly says sorry for his conduct, and references claims that the invasion was a war crime while denying he committed one but he said doesnt...
  • 'I'm sorry': Historic moment Tony Blair FINALLY apologises for Iraq War

    10/24/2015 8:29:04 PM PDT · by DaveinOK54 · 121 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/24/15 | Simon Walters and Glen Owen and Martin Beckford and Daniel Bates
    Tony Blair has finally said sorry for the Iraq War and admitted he could be partly to blame for the rise of Islamic State. The extraordinary confession by the former Prime Minister comes after 12 years in which he refused to apologise for the conflict. Blair makes his dramatic mea culpa during a TV interview about the hell caused by his and George Bushs decision to oust Saddam Hussein. (snip)
  • 'Smoking gun' emails just released by UK Daily Mail prove Hillary a bigger liar than Tony Blair

    10/18/2015 10:06:33 AM PDT · by GreyFriar · 51 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 18 October 2015 | Thomas Lifson
    The UK Daily Mail is making big headlines (at the top of the Drudge Report page as I write) with its exclusive story purporting to prove that former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair was committed to war with Iraq at a time he was telling the British public that he was seeking a diplomatic solution. The email it cites came from a batch of secret emails held on the private server of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton which U.S. courts have forced her to reveal. I think the Daily Mail has buried the lead. For one thing, the secret memo...
  • Smoking gun emails reveal Blair's 'deal in blood' with George Bush over Iraq (tr)

    10/17/2015 8:14:36 PM PDT · by SubMareener · 70 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 19:49 EST, 17 October 2015 | Glen Owen and William Lowther
    A bombshell White House memo has revealed for the first time details of the deal in blood forged by Tony Blair and George Bush over the Iraq War. The sensational leak shows that Blair had given an unqualified pledge to sign up to the conflict a year before the invasion started. It flies in the face of the Prime Ministers public claims at the time that he was seeking a diplomatic solution to the crisis. He told voters: Were not proposing military action in direct contrast to what the secret email now reveals.
  • Up to 1 Million Libyan Refugees Waiting to Board Ship for Europe.

    04/22/2015 8:47:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 51 replies
    PJ Media ^ | April 21, 2015 | Richard Fernandez
    One of the more interesting aspects of this flood of human misery is that it is not entirely spontaneous. Jihadi groups are doing their best to encourage it. ... That would not be surprising. In 2004 Europe agreed to pay Muhammar Gaddafi four billion pounds a year in exchange for a promise to halt people smuggling to Europe. Experts have also drawn links between the massive rise in would-be migrants and a so-called deal in the desert struck by Tony Blair in 2004 which saw the late Muammar Gaddafi agree to crack down on human traffickers as well as...
  • Why Bob Woodwards New book is a stunner and why John Bolton went off (Video)

    09/22/2010 7:31:52 PM PDT · by Justaham · 17 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 9-22-10 | John Schulenburg
    Wow, so Bob Woodwards new book is making a lot of headlines to today and why shouldnt it? Its an amazing view into the White House and well, frankly scared the bejeesus out of me just knowing that this joker is in charge of our country and military. Where to begin? It starts with the front page story from the Washington Post which talks about Bob Woodwards new book, Obamas Wars. The book quite literally is a stark reality check for the American people on who their Commander-in-Chief is and how he thinks. The first bombshell that people are talking...
  • 'I'm Pro-Life, Pro-2nd Amendment': Teen Becomes Youngest Lawmaker

    11/06/2014 6:39:23 PM PST · by Paul R. · 24 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | 11/5/2014 | Fox & Friends
    18-year-old Saira Blair, a Republican from West Virginia, just became the youngest elected lawmaker in the country after trouncing her 44-year-old Democratic opponent 63 percent to 30 percent to earn a seat in West Virginias House of Delegates.
  • Libs trashing Saira Blair, an 18-year-old Republican who just won a seat in the WV legislature

    11/06/2014 7:06:00 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 87 replies
    http://twitchy.com ^ | November 5, 2014
    This could be the nicest thing you read today, via the Wall Street Journal: A West Virginia University freshman who did most of her campaigning out of her dorm room became the youngest state lawmaker in the nation Tuesday. Republican Saira Blair, a fiscally conservative 18-year-old, will represent a small district in West Virginias eastern panhandle, about 1 hours outside Washington, D.C., after defeating her Democratic opponent 63% to 30%, according to the Associated Press. A third candidate got 7% of the vote. In a statement, Ms. Blair thanked her supporters and family, as well as her opponents for running...
  • Saira Blair becomes youngest ever W.Va. legislator (18 year-old Republican ran out of her dorm room)

    11/05/2014 11:12:54 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Daily Athenaeum ^ | November 5, 2014 | Jacob Bojesson
    West Virginia University student Saira Blair (R) will become the youngest person to ever serve in the West Virginia state legislature after getting elected Tuesday. Blair, an 18-year-old freshman, was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates from the 59th district after beating her two opponents by a landslide. Blair received more than twice the votes of her main opponent, Democratic Party candidate Layne Dieh. It was amazing to see that the 59th district had so much faith in me, Blair said shortly after getting the results. Blair celebrated the victory at Buffalo Wild Wings before heading to...
  • This Pro-Life 18-Year-Old Just Won a Race to Become a State Legislator (West Virginia)

    11/05/2014 12:49:21 PM PST · by Morgana · 14 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | 11/5/14 | Steven Ertelt
    If youre concerned about the future of the country and want to know if the next generation of Americans cares about pro-life issues, look no further than the state of West Virginia. There, pro-life 18-year-old Saira Blair, who graduated from high school in May and is now a college freshman, ran on a pro-life platform to beat an incumbent state legislator. Blair gives hope to pro-lifers wondering if teenagers really get it and want to make a difference for life. sairablair2I think Im fully capable of doing the job, and I dont think its rocket science by any means ...
  • Repeated and Uncontrollable Failures (The unbearable sadness of climate activism)

    08/23/2014 4:28:42 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 22 replies
    Tim Blair Blog ^ | 8-16-2014 | Tim Blair
    The unbearable sadness of climate activism: Nicole Thornton remembers the exact moment her curious case of depression became too real to ignore. It was five years ago and the environmental scientist – a trained biologist and ecologist – was writing a rather dry PhD on responsible household water use. Fair enough. That would make anyone depressed. Thornton had always been easily upset by apathy towards, and denial of, environmental issues. But now she began to notice an oddly powerful personal reaction to "the small stuff" – like people littering, or neighbours chopping down an old tree. So, she's a bossy...
  • Blair: Don't Blame Me For Meltdown In Iraq: ...he says Obama quit too soon....

    06/15/2014 10:36:13 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 16 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | June 15, 2014
    Blair: Don't Blame Me For Meltdown In Iraq: 14 June 2014 | The former Prime Minister insisted he was right to topple Saddam Hussein with the US and said things would have been worse if the dictator had not been ousted from power a decade ago. Mr Blair ended a week-long silence after mounting claims by diplomats and Labour MPs that his and Mr Bushs handling of the Iraq War sowed the seeds of the attempt by the Al Qaeda-backed ISIS terror group to conquer Iraq. In a 2,800-word essay on the new Middle East conflagration, Mr Blair refused to...
  • NBCs David Gregory Slams Blair Over Islamic Terrorism: Didnt You And Bush Make It Worse?

    04/28/2014 7:44:59 AM PDT · by TexasCajun · 33 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 04/27/2014 | Brendan Bordelon
    NBCs David Gregory pressed Tony Blair over the resurgence of Islamic fundamentalism worldwide, arguing that perhaps the former British prime ministers support for the Iraq War bolstered Islamic terrorism a charge Blair vehemently denied. Blair appeared on NBCs Meet the Press Sunday to advocate for a stronger Western response to the burgeoning threat of Islamic fundamentalism in places like Syria, Yemen, Iraq and North Africa. But Gregory pushed back. Isnt the legacy of your leadership, and that of President Bush, in part responsible for the reality today? he asked, noting that many in both the United States and Britain...
  • Gregory Grills Blair: Arent You, Bush Responsible for Current Islamic Extremism?

    04/27/2014 11:41:17 AM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 4/27/14 | Evan McMurry
    On Meet the Press Sunday morning, host David Gregory challenged former British Prime Minister Tony Blair to defend his and former President George W Bushs decision to switch focus from the war in Afghanistan to the one in Iraq, asking if that simultaneously diverted resources from fighting the Taliban while radicalizing terrorist groups in Iraq and the rest of the Middle East. Isnt the legacy of your leadership and that of President Bush in part responsible for the reality today? Gregory asked. Did the west fail to deal with the extremism you talk about today appropriately in Afghanistan in a...
  • Former CF Paul Blair dies at 69

    12/26/2013 10:18:28 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 12 replies
    AP ^ | December 27, 2013
    BALTIMORE -- Paul Blair, the eight-time Gold Glove center fielder who helped the Baltimore Orioles win World Series titles in 1966 and '70, has died. He was 69. Blair died Thursday night at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Blair's wife, Gloria, told The Baltimore Sun that Blair played a round of golf with friends Thursday morning and later lost consciousness at a celebrity bowling tournament in Pikesville.
  • New Archbishop Charts Course For Local Catholics (Catholic Caucus)

    12/17/2013 3:11:07 AM PST · by Biggirl
    The Courant ^ | Deember 17,2013 | Denise Buffa
    HARTFORD The Hartford archdiocese's new archbishop, the Most Rev. Leonard Paul Blair, cited three M's memory, mission and ministry as guiding principles while speaking to the more than 2,000 worshippers who attended his Mass of Installation on Monday afternoon at the Cathedral of St. Joseph.
  • Pope Names New Archbishop Of Hartford, Catholic Cacus

    10/29/2013 4:32:59 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 5 replies
    CBS Connecticut ^ | October 28, 2013 | CBS Connecticut
    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Pope Francis has appointed an Ohio bishop to lead the Hartford Archdiocese. The archdiocese announced the appointment of Bishop Leonard Paul Blair of Toledo, Ohio, on Tuesday.
  • Email links Lockerbie bomber's prison transfer to 400m Libyan arms deal

    07/29/2013 8:53:28 AM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 6 replies
    The Guardian ^ | July 28, 2013 | Andrew Sparrow
    <p>An email has emerged suggesting a connection between the prisoner transfer deal negotiated between Libya and the last Labour government, that could have allowed the release of the Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, and a 400m arms deal.</p> <p>The document, which shows that Sir Vincent Fean, the then British ambassador to Libya, wrote to Tony Blair in June 2008 saying that the prisoner transfer agreement was "ready for signature in London" as soon as Libya went ahead with the purchase of an air defence system, was obtained by the Sunday Telegraph.</p>
  • Tony Blair urges Israeli leader to 'take a chance' on peace as 100 prisoners freed (7-21-13)

    07/28/2013 7:26:09 PM PDT · by haffast · 18 replies
    Mirror News ^ | 21 Jul 2013 00:01 | Nigel Nelson
    Tony Blair was in Jerusalem yesterday to urge Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu: Give peace a chance. The ex-Labour Prime Minister, now a go-between in new Middle East peace talks, told Israels leader to get a move on with concessions to the Palestinians. Mr Netanyahu agreed to free at least 100 Palestinians who have been held in Israeli jails for more than 20 years. In return it is expected that the Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas will relax his demand that a future Palestinian state must be based on the border from before the 1967 Six-Day War. Hopes of lasting peace in...
  • $4b. for Palestinians contingent on peace progress

    06/26/2013 7:24:18 AM PDT · by haffast · 5 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | June 26, 2013, 4:37 pm | Elhanan Miller
    A $4 billion foreign investment package to boost peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians will not be considered unless US Secretary of State John Kerry succeeds in bringing the negotiating parties back to the table, The Times of Israel has learned. [This package] is not intended as a substitute for the political process, a Western diplomatic source told The Times of Israel on Wednesday. It will be launched either in parallel or after the political track is resumed, as judged by John Kerry. Kerry is scheduled to return to Israel later this week in an effort to relaunch negotiations...
  • Happy birthday, Mr. President (Peres/Israel - Left love-fest/Barf Alert)

    06/18/2013 5:45:07 PM PDT · by haffast · 2 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | June 19, 2013, 2:21 am | Jessica Steinberg
    It was a love fest at Shimon Peres 90th birthday party Tuesday night, as world leaders, beloved performers and regular folk spoke, sang, and sent their messages of love and affection for the president, former prime minister, and Nobel Peace Prize winner. Peres sat flanked by former US president Bill Clinton and Jewish stage diva Barbra Streisand on his right, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, on his left. Behind them was an auditorium full of whos who in Israel and abroad, from actors Robert De Niro and Sharon Stone, Prince Albert of Monaco and Chicago mayor...
  • Tony Blair strongly denies affair with Wendi Deng as outrageous rumours sweep the internet

    06/14/2013 3:34:36 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 32 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 14:25 EST, 14 June 2013 | Tom Leonard
    Tony Blair denied outrageous internet rumours today linking him with the divorce of Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng. The internet was awash with unfounded suggestions that the former Prime Minister may have been romantically involved with 44-year-old Miss Deng, who is a close friend. The feverish speculation followed a Twitter claim by BBC business editor Robert Peston, who has close links with senior Murdoch empire insiders, that he had been told that undisclosed reasons for Murdoch divorcing Deng are jaw-dropping - & hate myself for wanting to know what they are. The rumours are understood to have been emphatically rejected...
  • Greenfield: Islam is the Problem

    06/03/2013 4:57:22 AM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 23 replies
    Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog ^ | Sunday, June 02, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Sunday, June 02, 2013 Islam is the Problem Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog On a mild London afternoon, two Muslims rammed a car into a British soldier returning to the barracks after working at the Tower of London. They shouted Allah Akbar and hacked and slashed at his body in an attempt to behead him. By the time they were done, his body could only be identified through dental records. Shortly afterward, British Prime Minister David Cameron said that there is nothing in Islam that justifies this truly dreadful act. London Mayor Boris Johnson added, It...
  • Tony Blair says murder of British soldier proves 'there is a problem within Islam'

    06/01/2013 8:57:11 PM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 70 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | June 1, 2013 | Glen Owen
    Tony Blair today makes his most powerful political intervention since leaving Downing Street by launching an outspoken attack on the problem within Islam. The former Prime Minister addresses the shocking killing of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich by going further than he or any front-rank British politician has gone before over the issue of Muslim radicalism. Writing in todays Mail on Sunday, he departs from the usual argument that Islam is a peaceful religion that should not be tainted by the actions of a few extremists. Instead, Mr Blair urges governments to be honest and admit that the...
  • Kerry announces $4 billion economic development proposal for West Bank

    05/27/2013 2:22:05 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 39 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 26, 2013 | By Anne Geran and William Booth
    DEAD SEA, Jordan Hoping to use economic promise as a bridge to a peace deal between Palestinians and Israel, Secretary of State John F. Kerry announced an estimated $4 billion economic development proposal for the West Bank on Sunday that he said could cut the 21 percent unemployment rate by two-thirds. The greatest existential threat and the greatest economic threat to both sides is the lack of peace, Kerry said. To not try to head these off would be tragic, and it would be irresponsible. International business leaders rallied by former British prime minister Tony Blair will propose new...
  • Kerry unveils $4 billion Palestinian economic plan

    05/26/2013 3:51:06 PM PDT · by blueyon · 35 replies
    the Jerusalem Post ^ | 05/26/2013 | By TOVAH LAZAROFF
    DEAD SEA, Jordan US Secretary of State John Kerry unveiled on Sunday a $4 billion economic plan to revitalize the Palestinian economy, as he called on Israelis and Palestinians to forgive past wrongs and return to the negotiating table. The plan for the Palestinian economy is bigger and bolder and more ambitious than anything proposed since Oslo more than 20 years ago, said Kerry as he spoke at the closing session of the World Economic Forum by the Dead Sea in Jordan.
  • Kerry unveils US$4b Palestinian investment plan

    05/26/2013 3:57:54 PM PDT · by haffast · 51 replies
    AFP ^ | 27 May 2013 4:45 AM | AFP/ac
    AL SHUNAH, Jordan: US Secretary of State John Kerry unveiled on Sunday a plan to boost the Palestinian economy by attracting $4 billion in private investment, saying it could transform the lives of the people. As he seeks to bring Israel and the Palestinians back to the table to negotiate a peace deal, Kerry said it was also imperative to create jobs and meet the hopes of young people for a better economic future. He has tasked Tony Blair, the Quartet's special envoy to the Middle East, with drawing up a plan to revitalise the West Bank through boosting industries...
  • Blair For Hire: Former Prime Minister Cozies Up To Despots and Dictators

    01/11/2013 6:43:11 PM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 3 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Ian Birrell
    When Tony Blair visited Beijing a few weeks ago to open a prestigious conference on philanthropy, he showed he had lost none of the evangelical fervour that once dazzled British voters. Giving an impassioned sermon to an A-list audience on the crucial role of compassion, the former Prime Minister spoke of how societies should be measured not just by what people do for themselves, but by what they do for others. ‘The best philanthropy is about changing the world,’ he proclaimed. ‘Flourishing philanthropy is an essential part of a flourishing society.’ Blair told well-heeled listeners paying nearly £1,500 a head...
  • "Duh!": The nations top intelligence official speaks.

    01/23/2010 2:51:19 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies · 609+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | February 1, 2010 | Stephen F. Hayes
    In congressional testimony on January 20, the nation’s top intelligence official, Dennis Blair, acknowledged that the U.S. government mishandled the interrogation of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian terrorist who tried to blow up a plane over Detroit on Christmas Day. Specifically, Blair was not happy that Abdulmutallab was charged as a common criminal and read his rights, rather than being questioned by the elite interrogation unit announced by President Obama as a replacement for the CIA teams used by the Bush administration. “I’d been a part of the deliberations which established this high-value interrogation unit [HIG],” Blair explained at a...
  • The Job Nobody Wants (DNI Blair Bails on Obama; Panetta, Hagel Reject Obama)

    05/26/2010 7:15:08 PM PDT · by kristinn · 18 replies · 935+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Wednesday, May 26, 2010 | Siohban Gorman
    On paper, it was a promotion. But Central Intelligence Agency Director Leon Panetta turned down a White House offer to become the next director of national intelligence anyway. President Barack Obama last week fired his intelligence chief, Dennis Blair, without an immediate successor teed up. People familiar with the matter said the White House had expected Mr. Blair would stick around until a replacement was found. Mr Blair declined. The struggle to find a successor has highlighted the challenges of filling an ill-defined job fraught with political tripwires. Mr. Panetta is one of a number of people who have turned...
  • Nobel Winner Desmond Tutu Calls For G. W. Bush & Tony Blair To Be Tried At The Hague For Iraq War

    09/02/2012 3:18:57 PM PDT · by NYer · 53 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | September 2, 2012
    Groan.Via BBC: Tony Blair and George W Bush should be taken to the International Criminal Court in The Hague over the Iraq war, Archbishop Desmond Tutu has said.Writing in the UK’s Observer newspaper, he accused the former leaders of lying about weapons of mass destruction.The Iraq military campaign had made the world more unstable “than any other conflict in history”, he said.Mr Blair responded by saying “this is the same argument we have had many times with nothing new to say”.Earlier this week, Archbishop Tutu, a veteran peace campaigner who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 in recognition of...
  • Tutu: Bush, Blair should face trial at the Hague

    09/02/2012 5:42:25 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 43 replies
    Philly. com ^ | September 2, 2012 | David Stringer
    LONDON - Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu called Sunday for Tony Blair and George Bush to face prosecution at the International Criminal Court for their role in the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq Tutu, the retired Anglican Church's archbishop of South Africa, wrote in an op-ed piece for The Observer newspaper that the ex-leaders of Britain and the United States should be made to "answer for their actions." The Iraq war "has destabilized and polarized the world to a greater extent than any other conflict in history," wrote Tutu, who was awarded the Nobel prize in 1984. "Those responsible...
  • Abbas Meets Blair, Asks for Financial Support

    08/07/2012 10:12:09 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/8/12 | Elad Benari
    Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas received Quartet representative Tony Blair in Ramallah on Tuesday and called to support the PA financially. The PA-based WAFA news agency reported that Abbas briefed Blair on the latest political developments and the dilemma the peace process is facing, due to what he termed the Israeli governments intransigence and refusal to abide by the international law. The report said that Abbas insisted on the importance of providing financial support to PA, especially during the critical financial situation it is going through. .....
  • Catholic Tony Blair Supports Legalizing Gay Marriage in UK

    03/11/2012 4:41:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 3/11/12 | Anugrah Kumar
    Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who converted to Catholicism in 2007, is backing the government's plan to legalize same-sex marriage before 2015, which has drawn sharp criticism from leaders of both the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of England. U.K.'s The Independent on Sunday reported it found that Blair, a British Labour Party politician, had told his friends that he "strongly supports the Prime Minister's proposal" to enact a new law to make gay marriage legal. The government of Prime Minister David Cameron, led by his Conservative Party in coalition with the Liberal Democrats, announced their plan last...
  • Activists in Malaysia plan symbolic war crime trial of Bush, Blair over Iraq War actions

    11/19/2011 10:26:49 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 14, 2011
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia Malaysian-led activists will hold a symbolic trial this month for former President George W. Bush and British ex-leader Tony Blair on charges of committing crimes against peace in the Iraq war, the events organizers said Tuesday.
  • Tony Blair: I tried to make Gaddafi quit power

    09/09/2011 7:18:37 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | September 9, 2011
    Former British Prime MInister Tony Blair has made an impassioned defence of his close ties with the Gaddafi regime and confirmed that he had tried to persuade the Libyan leader to give up power after the start of the revolt against his regime. Mr Blair said he had no regrets about setting aside decades of hostility between Britain and Libya and holding out an olive branch in 2004. In return, Col Gaddafi agreed to give up his programme of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). "No," he said in an interview with the Reuters news agency to mark the tenth anniversary...
  • Tony Blair calls for regime change in Iran and Syria

    09/09/2011 4:08:47 AM PDT · by UKrepublican · 9 replies
    Tony Blair calls for regime change in Iran and Syria as he blames Tehran for prolonging the conflict in Iraq after the 2003 invasion. In an interview to mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the former prime minister warns that the Middle East would be "very, very badly" destabilised if Iran acquired nuclear weapons.
  • Blair: Obama anxious about Israel's fate

    05/26/2011 5:52:50 AM PDT · by Free America52 · 40 replies
    AP via Drudge ^ | 05/26/2011 | AP
    LONDON (AP) Middle East envoy Tony Blair says Barack Obama launched his peace initiative because he's concerned about what might happen to Israel if Palestinians unilaterally declare statehood. Blair told an audience of business leaders gathered in central London on Thursday that Obama is "frankly worried about the position that Israel is in." The ex-prime minister says that Obama's initiative rejected by Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu is "an attempt to fill a vacuum which he sees as dangerous, particularly dangerous for Israel in the run-up to September." Mideast watchers have speculated that Washington launched its peace initiative...
  • The day that LSE sold its soul to Libya: BP chief makes oil deal with Gaddafi...

    03/04/2011 11:59:23 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 03/05/11 | Michael Seamark
    The day that LSE sold its soul to Libya: BP chief makes oil deal with Gaddafi... and drags prestigious university into disrepute By Michael Seamark Last updated at 1:33 AM on 5th March 2011 . BP boss who signed 545m oil pact was lobbying for university too In a desert tent outside Colonel Gaddafi's home town of Sirte four years ago, Tony Blair shook hands with the Libyan dictator in a controversial 'blood money' deal which laid the foundations for the release of the Lockerbie bomber. Also inside the tent was Peter Sutherland, then chairman of BP, who subsequently announced...
  • Libya: Tony Blair agreed to train Gaddafis special forces in 'deal in the desert

    02/28/2011 4:31:23 PM PST · by nuconvert · 3 replies
    Tony Blair used his final foreign trip as prime minister to sign a confidential deal with Muammar Gaddafi to train Libyan special forces and supply him with Nato secrets. A copy of the accord obtained by The Daily Telegraph shows that the two leaders agreed to co-operate on defence matters in a range of areas, including exchanging information about defence structures and technology. It was signed during the former Labour prime ministers Blair-well tour of Africa in May 2007, in Gaddafis tent in the Libyan desert. Included in the document was an agreement on co-operation in the training of specialised...
  • Tony Blair Testimony To Iraq War Inquiry The Influence Of Iran

    01/21/2011 4:59:45 PM PST · by Starman417
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-21-11 | Curt
    Former British PM Tony Blair testified in front of another Iraq inquiry today and for the second time this year he testified about the very real danger of Iran and al-Qaeda working together. Of course the storyline by the British papers, the biased MSM, and the lefty blogosphere, is regarding the regret offered by Blair over the loss of life: At the end of his evidence this afternoon he said it had never been his meaning. "Of course I regret deeply and profoundly the loss of life," I'm sure everyone else would cheer the loss of life huh? I...
  • Blair criticises Obama's Iran policy

    01/21/2011 3:15:49 PM PST · by UKrepublican · 1 replies
    LONDON Former British premier Tony Blair criticised US President Barack Obama on Friday for being too soft on Iran, urging the West to deal with a "looming and coming challenge" from the Islamic republic.
  • Alastair Campbell diaries: The shaping of a war leader

    01/19/2011 3:59:18 AM PST · by Ravnagora
    guardian.co.uk ^ | January 14, 2011 | Alastair Campbell
    As Tony Blair's press secretary, Alastair Campbell was at the heart of events in the early years of Blair's premiership, when conflicts with Iraq and Serbia dominated foreign affairs Alastair Campbell looks on as Tony Blair makes a point in 1998, the first full year of his decade as prime minister. The diary extracts cover events from 1997-1999. Photograph: Jeremy Sutton Hibbert/Rex Features The first tentative steps towards the most controversial event of Tony Blair's premiership the 2003 invasion of Iraq were taken during the period covered in these diaries. In late 1998 Blair sanctioned his first bombing...