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Monday, July 04, 2005

Bush on Kyoto: Blair's rectal fistulae in vain, it seems...

The testimony of the Downing Street Memo and its fellows is plain (as if we needed it): in the run-up to the war, Blair enduring month after month of unlubricated transatlantic ass-fucking (to use the charming Wonkette expression).

It wasn't pretty; but, one was left to infer, the clever clogs on Blair's sofa had shrewdly calculated that there would be some political recompense for enduring this painful indignity.

Now we come to Blair's big show; and Bush has opened his flies and relieved himself all over it:
I really don't view our relationship as one of quid pro quo. Tony Blair made decisions on what he thought was best for keeping the peace and winning the war on terror, as I did.

Perspectives of Bush's imperial adventure are, perhaps, no longer so rosy as to require Blair's reflex poodling [1]. If it kicks off in North Korea, UK forces are unlikely to be deployed; if the IAF's F-15s bomb Iran's nuclear facilities, UK forces are already in range for retaliation.

Anything else that Bush needs Blair for?

  1. On the US military balance-sheet, Fred Kaplan runs the numbers so you don't have to. There is no slack for another war. His kicker:
    They can't clone or borrow soldiers to float an imperial army.
    UK forces themselves I suspect are similarly incapable of meeting another commitment comparable to the current one in Iraq.


We have testimony about Blair's US diplomatic strategy from former UK Ambassador Sir Christopher Meyer in his upcoming memoir in which he
records how he was told to approach America by Jonathan Powell, chief of staff to the Prime Minister: 'We want you to get up the arse of the White House and stay there.'

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