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eeyore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-17-04 04:20 PM
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Moore blasts Blair at Cannes screening

http://www.itv.com/news/802465.html

Controversial filmmaker Michael Moore has launched a scathing attack on Tony Blair at the launch of his new documentary in Cannes.


--snip--


"What has also sort of depressed me about Tony Blair is he knows better," he said.


"The one thing you can say about Blair is that he's smart. What is he doing hanging out with this guy? They make the weirdest couple I've ever seen.


"I know he misses his old buddy Bill Clinton - but to settle for this? Brits, aren't you embarrassed?"


--snip--

Give 'em hell Mike!
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truthspeaker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-17-04 04:30 PM
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1. Bush is a moron. What's Blair's excuse?
I don't get it either, but I suppose Carlyle profits buy a lot of loyalty.
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peacetalksforall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-17-04 08:34 PM
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8. I believe you could say that Blair is doing the bidding of the Queen.
This is a Queen thing - partnerships for ownership. They duped us into being the colonialists-imperialists.
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Left_Wing_Fox Donating Member (24 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-17-04 11:27 PM
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12. The Queen?
I thought Shrub had pissed off the Queen when he managed to invite himself to England, attempted to shut down much of London in anticipation of his arrival, Tried to get a license to Kill for the Secret Service, brought 5 of his own chefs into Buckingham Palace, and trashed the Queens palace and gardens.

Any Royal statements to the effect, or is this just speculation? I hadn't heard anything from the Canadian side regarding royal influence on the war, and she's our queen too... (dual citizen, living in the us, in case folks were wondering)
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donco6 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-17-04 05:37 PM
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2. Great Point.
We know Bush has the IQ of a refrigerator magnet. Surely Blair can see that, too? At least the guy can hold his own in Parliament, which Bush would NEVER be able to pull off.

Wouldn't you love to see our Congress debating like Parliament does - just once? Instead of the ridiculous droning to empty chambers, ala CSPAN.
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JoFerret Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-17-04 05:45 PM
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4. Yes I would
...even though some of it is pure theater rather than cut and thrust spontenaity. But that culture of true debate and challenge and know your stuff develops real political skills and demands them. To have our legislators have to frame a question and then take the parry would sharpen a lot of skills.
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Raster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-17-04 10:47 PM
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10. just once I would love to see gee-dubya endure "Question Time"...
...'cause quick-witted and fast on his feet he's not. What a hoot that would be, having to lean over and whisper into satan cheney's ear..."what should I say now?"...
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Tellurian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-17-04 05:42 PM
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3. simple...
Blair is a credible eye witness to Bush's motives and rewards for the Iraq War.
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Rochambeau Donating Member (469 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-17-04 07:01 PM
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5. Blair's goal was the same as Aznar's
one and it was to increase the ties with USA in order to put the pressure and allow some latitude from the EU. Something like "EU, yes, yes... but we've got a very powerfull friend and ties overseas you know...so you must concider us as very powerfull too and less depending. So now we exact this and this and... "

And in the end since it's a massive faillure, Blair is lightening a counter-fire with a referendum about the EU constitution...The snake is bitting his own tail...That guy is maybe not as smart as he seems to be....
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Matilda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-17-04 08:30 PM
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7. I think Blair did see himself as a bridge between Europe and the U.S.
He probably really thought that he could both persuade Bush only to
act under a U.N. mandate, and also to bring Europe into Iraq as
well. That would have helped increase his stature in the EU, which
is controlled principally by France and Germany. I guess he
misunderestimated Bush's tunnel vision and European and British
opposition. Now he's been caught with his pants down and nowhere
to hide.

Rupert Murdoch also plays a part in this - he backed Blair when he
first came to power, and he expected his reward. Murdoch always
publicly pushed for war, and if Blair had gone against him, Murdoch
would have had all his editors on the attack. So Blair is now also
caught between Murdoch on one side, and his own constituents on the
other - he's damned whatever he does.
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Rochambeau Donating Member (469 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-17-04 10:36 PM
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9. I agree with that. Very accurate analysis ! n/t
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Waverley_Hills_Hiker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-17-04 07:40 PM
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6. Jeeves to Bushes Bertie Wooster.
That was, I think, Studs Terkels observation.
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Raster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-17-04 10:49 PM
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11. what a brilliant observation....thank you Studs
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AP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-18-04 12:24 AM
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13. THIS is the headline? Hello. Did the person who wrote this article see...
...the movie?

"Moore blasts Bush" should be the headline. And those quotes are mild compared to what Moore's movie suggests about Bush.
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