Tuesday, July 05, 2005

When You Lie Down With Dogs...

A real gem today from the Washington Post:

LONDON, July 4 -- President Bush told British Prime Minister Tony Blair to expect no favors at this week's Group of Eight summit of major industrialized countries in return for backing the war in Iraq.

... "I really don't view our relationship as one of quid pro quo," Bush told Britain's ITV1 television in an interview. "Tony Blair made decisions on what he thought was best for keeping the peace and winning the war on terror, as I did."

The poodle Blair is now officially used Kleenex to our warlord. It's bad enough that Bush expressed this sentiment privately to Blair, but then to trumpet his smackdown in a program televised in Blair's own country - a deliberate tactic - illustrates what a complete and utter failure Bush is in the realm of foreign policy. If Rice encouraged this, she's as incompetent as he is.

This public humiliation and repudiation of Blair may seem, to those of us who detest his participation in the Iraq war, a satisfying event. The larger issue of the damage our untrustworthy president does to our reputation in the world, however, remains.

As an aside, note the Orwellian language: starting a war of aggression is now "keeping the peace". It's enough to make your head explode.


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