So, if you’re in D.C. today (I’m not), TONY BLAIR IS IN TOWN! I don’t feel any personal excitement about the event, but my fingers wouldn’t let me finish that sentence without putting the part about Blair in caps. Anyway, after their talk (wonder who played Monica) and monologues to the assembled reporters, one guy (probably British, but I haven’t watched the video) asked about the Downing Street memo. You know, the memo that dropped just before the end of the British election and
detail[s] how our (the American) government did not believe Iraq was a greater threat than other nations; how intelligence was ‘fixed’ to sell the case for war to the American public; and how the Bush Administration’s public assurances of ‘war as a last resort’ were at odds with their privately stated intentions.(+)
Blair answered first, then Bush. I found Bush’s comments interesting, as usual. At least in their representation of the truth.
And so it’s — look, both us of didn’t want to use our military. Nobody wants to commit military into combat. It’s the last option. The consequences of committing the military are — are very difficult. The hardest things I do as the President is to try to comfort families who’ve lost a loved one in combat.
How many fallen soldiers’ funerals has he attended again? At last check, zero. What’s he doing? Calling the families and commiserating by phone? Lame. Or maybe “Uncle Sam will send you a telegram / So he doesn’t have to tell you over the phone.”