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IChing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-28-06 05:34 PM
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Bush apologizes to Blair over bombs sent to Israel
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush apologized on Friday to British Prime Minister Tony Blair after Britain complained Washington had not followed correct procedures for sending bombs to Israel via a British airport, a British official said.

Blair's spokesman told reporters traveling with Blair that Bush raised the issue briefly at the start of his meeting with Blair at the White House.

"President Bush did apologize for the fact that proper procedures were not followed," the spokesman said. "President Bush as part of the introduction said 'I'm sorry there was a problem.' It was literally that," the spokesman told reporters aboard his plane.

The British government had formally complained to the United States over its use of a British airport for transiting bombs to Israel.>>>>>snip

http://today.reuters.com/news/newsarticle.aspx?type=top...

Well, I guess that covers that Britain,
sorry but your sovereignty and independence are just a formality to the US's view of international law.
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-28-06 05:38 PM
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1. b.s. "I'm sorry there was a problem" is NOT "I'm sorry for sending bombs"
Edited on Fri Jul-28-06 05:39 PM by uppityperson
edited to clarify that that was meant for the headline writer, not you. "I am sorry you have a problem" "I am sorry you feel that way" "I am sorry there was a problem" are weasel ways of making it look like you are apologizing yet aren't. it annoys me.
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jaxx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-28-06 05:40 PM
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2. Crooks are always sorry when they get caught.
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-28-06 05:49 PM
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9. "I'm sorry I got caught"? yup
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mom cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-28-06 05:40 PM
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3. Correct. The apology should be to the People of Lebanon.
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JuniperLea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-28-06 06:23 PM
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10. Those are the lines I used to give my phone reps
when I managed a customer service call center. Classic. Say you are sorry in such a way so as not to admit guilt. You are sorry for just about everything... except the crux of the issue at hand.
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whistle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-28-06 05:41 PM
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4. And Blair believes that Bush is sorry and will follow proper
....procedures from now on? Blair is dumber than I ever imagined. :yoiks:
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-28-06 05:46 PM
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8. Is there any more Dumbassness on
Earth than bush&blair?



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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-28-06 05:41 PM
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5. All better now, poodle boy?
"Here's a treat. Now go lie down."

Although, I suppose if some Brits had damaged the bomb transport plane in an act of protest against this illegal action (like folks did in Ireland), there are folks who would be all upset that one of our planes was damaged during the conscientious performance of its deadly rounds.
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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-28-06 05:42 PM
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6. Well I'm sure Blair
was more then willing to move on. Apology accepted. Just don't do it again. Wink, wink.



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arcane1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-28-06 05:45 PM
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7. so is Britain an American colony now?
:shrug:
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sweetheart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-28-06 06:46 PM
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12. the reverse colony effect
i guess it is, the government doesn't make its own drugs laws, so it must be a stooge
of the US... and from there, the prison states are joined at the hip.
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daleo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-28-06 06:36 PM
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11. Blair: "You didn't put enough postage on that letter bomb"
Bush: "Really? Here's another two bucks."
Blair: "OK. Be more careful in the future.
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Megahurtz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-28-06 06:49 PM
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13. Sick. n/t
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tanyev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-29-06 08:28 AM
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14. Easier to apologize than ask permission.
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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-29-06 08:47 AM
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15. the old I'm sorry you got upset that I slapped you apology
figures
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stepnw1f Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-29-06 10:06 AM
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16. Cover for Blair?
Maybe Blair knew about this from the get-go, and just needed cover?
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cyberpj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-29-06 10:57 AM
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17. Was it THESE bombs?? Depleted Uranium Munitions to be used in Lebanon.
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