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sabra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:04 AM
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Tony Blair: ‘I wanted war – it was the right thing to do’
Source: Sunday Timesonline

Tony Blair has admitted for the first time that he ignored the pleas of his aides and ministers to deter President Bush from waging war on Iraq because he believed that America was doing the right thing. And he has acknowledged that he turned down a last-ditch offer from Mr Bush to pull Britain out of the conflict.

He has also revealed that he wishes he had published the full reports from the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) instead of the infamous September dossier about Saddam Hussein’s alleged weapons of mass destruction that so damaged him, and was almost certainly one of the factors that contributed to him leaving office sooner than he wanted.

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The documentary contains clear evidence that many of those around Mr Blair, including Sir David Manning, his foreign policy adviser, Jeremy Greenstock, Britain’s ambassador at the UN, Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary at the time, and even Colin Powell, the US Secretary of State, had huge reservations about the rush to war.Mr Blair said: “In my view, if it wasn’t clear that the whole nature of the way Saddam was dealing with this issue had changed, I was in favour of military action.”

The programme reveals that the key meeting at which Mr Bush learnt that he had Mr Blair on side took place at Camp David in September 2002 – six months before hostilities began. In return for promising Mr Blair that he would try to help get a second resolution at the UN, he also won Mr Blair’s pledge that if he got “stuck” in the UN, war would be the only way out. Mr Blair later suggested that Mr Bush tried for a second resolution as a “favour” to him.


Read more: http://timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/the_blair_ye...
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:17 AM
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1. AFTER ALL THESE YEARS HE STILL IS A DELUSIONAL AS BUSH
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dailykoff Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 12:05 AM
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17. More, far more.
At least dumya knows he's lying. Tony is tool's tool.
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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:22 AM
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2. What a sick, deluded man
An incredible disappointment to the people of Britain, and a very negative influence on the world.

He said, shortly before the end of his term, that the British need to be not just 'peacekeepers' but 'warfighters'. In a country where even hawks tend to speak euphemistically of e.g. 'the need for a strong defence', this was quite startling. He really thinks that he and Bush were leading the forces of Good, and that whatever they did was justified. That sort of attitude is scary in a leader.
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LiberalFighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 09:13 AM
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6. Probably as delusional as any of the British soccer fans that get out of hand.
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Benhurst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:35 AM
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3. Thanks, Tony. Now they'll have a film to show at your war crimes trial.
Nasty, evil little turd.
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MaineDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:37 AM
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4. Who ever WANTS war?
Well, besides the BFEE I mean.

Who in his right mind ever wants....never mind, I just answered my own question.
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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 09:08 AM
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5. Yes, welll that's the difference..
between being 'in your right mind' and 'up Bush's right-wing behind'.
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nancyr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 09:45 AM
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7. Then he should of actually gone there and fought.
That would clear his mind rapidly. It's easy to play war...something else to actually participate.
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Amonester Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 09:50 AM
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8. bLiar admission he had no problem about breaking International Law
Edited on Sat Nov-17-07 09:50 AM by Amonester
When will the ICC indict his poodle arse now? If Milosevic was indicted for war crimes, why wouldn't bLiar? Is there anything called 'fair' Justice?
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Faygo Kid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 10:12 AM
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9. War criminal. Britain should try him for war crimes.
He took his nation into war KNOWING the buildup was nothing but lies (Downing Street Memo, among others), and lied to the people he was elected to serve so as to live the neocon dream.

Yes, that describes Bush, too. And both are war criminals.
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Orsino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 10:15 AM
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10. Correction: he wanted OTHER people to have a war.
He just wanted to watch.
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Kool Kitty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 01:10 AM
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20. Yes, and since Mr. Blair doesn't seem to have
anything else to do right now, perhaps he should be issued a uniform and a gun and marched off to fight in the war he so much wanted.
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Ghost Dog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 12:03 PM
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11. Hmmm. I foresee a process (& probable outcome) not dissimilar to that of PINOCHET
for this smug person.
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Progressive Friend Donating Member (362 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 06:57 PM
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12. Blair openly admits that he even desired to be a war criminal
Hopefully his words will be used against him in a court of law someday.
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daleo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 07:58 PM
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13. I wonder if Tony Blair is sitting on many Bushco corporate boards yet?
One suspects that he will get his reward, one way or another.
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LynnTheDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 09:12 PM
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14. Finally, Tony bLiar admits to having waged an ILLEGAL INVASION.
That'll make things much easier for the UK's Chief Justice (who has already deemed bLiar's invasion of Iraq "illegal", as did his predecessor)
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 11:27 PM
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15. Blair and Bush --- Christians talking to the same "god" . . . ????
Edited on Sat Nov-17-07 11:28 PM by defendandprotect
Does a belief in a "god" make people dumb?

Or just give them an alibi to lie?

"I wanted war" . . .

These men give us war --- while they ensure their own war profiteering and their own safety ---

as they destroy democracy and freedom.
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 11:38 PM
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16. Anyone that thinks they want war needs to see a shrink.
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sutz12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 12:25 AM
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18. "War...it's not just for breakfast anymore."
:evilgrin:
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Matilda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 12:26 AM
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19. Can he admit even to himself that if he hadn't taken Britain to war,
he might still be leading his country today?
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Desperadoe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 08:42 AM
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21. Flip-Flopper
Before he was Bush's poodle, he was Clinton's poodle. Maybe there isn't much difference.
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RainDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 04:02 PM
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22. Jeff Gannon, anyone?
Didn't Gannon brag about being at the White House for a Blair visit? Maybe Blair was so committed b/c they have photos...

Just my own question, but I certainly wouldn't be surprised.
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IndianaGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 04:20 PM
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23. We don't need a trial, Blair already confessed. To the gallows with him!
Who ordered the assassination of Dr. Kelley, Tony?
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Alexander Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 04:35 PM
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24. No wonder he's converted to Catholicism.
I have a hunch Teflon Tony is so disgusted with his own soul that he feels being a Catholic is the only thing that will keep him out of hell.
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Nihil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-19-07 07:48 AM
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25. He needs to confess ...
... and a Catholic priest is about the only person he could tell
without it going straight to the press and then to court.
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