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George and Tony Sittin' Up a Tree, K-I-L-L-I-N-G

George and Tony Sittin' Up a Tree, K-I-L-L-I-N-G
by Peter Kurth
May 29, 2006

You can imagine the depth of my emotion, I’m sure, when I read about the joint press conference given in Washington last week by our Fearless Fuehrer, George W. Bush, and his chief ally and co-conspirator in the “war on terror,” British Prime Minister and Quaking Quisling Tony Blair. Blair was in Washington for what are called “talks” with the president -- imagine how much fun those must be! -- and afterward, facing reporters, he appeared “dismayed and tongue-tied,” according to The New York Times.


Ha, ha, ha -- what a card our president is! CBS News marveled at Bush’s “unusual burst of candor” when he mentioned the torture of prisoners at Baghdad’s Abu Ghraib prison as “the American military’s biggest mistake” in Iraq. ABC declared that “some of the bold talk we once heard … is gone,” but neither Bush nor Blair gave the slightest sign that they intend to change their mutual, assured course of destruction in Iraq and across the Middle East. On the contrary, after lauding Blair as “a man of resolve and vision and courage,” Bush made a point of saying, in that sophisticated way he has, “The amazing thing about dealing with Prime Minister Blair is, never once has he said to me on the phone, 'We better change our tactics because of the political opinion polls.' You know?”

Yeah, George, we know. We know that you’re a liar and a fraud without a legitimate leg to stand on in the Iraqi fiasco, and that the only reason you trotted out Blair on Thursday is because he’s still popular in the U.S. and you aren’t -- in other words, because the polls you pretend to disdain are down, down, down. Americans are always impressed by a British accent, detecting some kind of gravity in it that’s missing, say, in the phony twang of a Connecticut Yankee from Crawford, Texas, and you need Tony Blair’s endorsement right now in order to continue the killing. What Blair gets out of it I can’t say -- certainly not increased popularity in his own country, where your press conference had to be televised in the middle of the night -- on cable, no less -- to minimize the political fall-out. But I noticed, George, that after you sang Blair’s praises and then offered to “buy” him dinner – ha, ha, ha, again -- he didn’t return the compliment.

Maybe none of this would bother me so much if it weren’t Memorial Day weekend, and if I hadn’t seen the faces of nine dead Vermonters staring out from the front page of Sunday’s local daily -- nine Vermonters, George, killed only in the last year in the service of your ego and your folly. “No question that the Iraq war has, you know, created a sense of consternation here in America,” you remarked. “I mean, when you turn on your TV screen and see innocent people die day in and day out, it affects the mentality of our country. I can understand why the American people are troubled by the war in Iraq. I understand that.”

But you don’t, George. You don’t and you never will.


Peter Kurth is the author of international bestselling books including: Anastasia: The Riddle of Anna Anderson, Isadora: A Sensational Life, and a biography of the anti-fascist journalist Dorothy Thompson, American Cassandra: The Life of Dorothy Thompson. His essays have appeared in Salon, Vanity Fair, New York Times Book Review, and many others. Peter lives in Burlington, Vermont. He can be reached at: . Visit his website at:

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