I'd put up with a damn Queen if our media did their jobs like this.
Blair knew US had no post-war plan for Iraq
Nicholas Watt, political editor
Sunday June 17, 2007
Tony Blair agreed to commit British troops to battle in Iraq in the full knowledge that Washington had failed to make adequate preparations for the postwar reconstruction of the country.
In a devastating account of the chaotic preparations for the war, which comes as Blair enters his final full week in Downing Street, key No 10 aides and friends of Blair have revealed the Prime Minister repeatedly and unsuccessfully raised his concerns with the White House.
He also agreed to commit troops to the conflict even though President George Bush had personally said Britain could help 'some other way'.
The disclosures, in a two-part Channel 4 documentary about Blair's decade in Downing Street, will raise questions about Blair's public assurances at the time of the war in 2003 that he was satisfied with the post-war planning. In one of the most significant interviews in the programme, Peter Mandelson says that the Prime Minister knew the preparations were inadequate but said he was powerless to do more.
Nothing new, nothing we didn't know. But is really sad to finally find out for sure that Blair truly was a Bush's poodle.
The reason I italicized the one bit was something that I almost forgot about.
Do you remember the venom the press and the wingers had for the French and any other country that wouldn't line up for the "Coalition of the Willing".
So Mr Codpiece himself, in the midst of that whole brouhaha, is telling Tony Blair, "Nah, it's okay, just lend us a couple tanks." Oy.