In his farewell speech, Tony Blair spoke of his decision to support the invasion of Iraq. He spoke of the heaviness in his heart for the loss of life. He spoke of his belief that ordinary Muslims crave democracy.
"It is so comforting to people to say there was an error made in the planning. Someone didn't spot what was going to go on. That is not what has created the problem. What has created the problem is that the people we are fighting have decided to give us a problem. What they have decided is that if they can hang on long enough in Iraq, or in Afghanistan, or anywhere else, then we will lose the will."
"If we end up saying that because these people are committing these acts of terrorism in Iraq or Afghanistan, that we shouldn't have done the removal of Saddam or the removal of the Taliban, then we are making a fundamental mistake about our own future, about security, about the values we should be defending in the world."
Blair has had his own version of Bush Derangement Syndrome in his own country. He's been called Bush's poodle and other ignorant slurs. Rational thinking people can look at him as a stalwart allied defender of freedom. As the world's superpower, the U.S. is looked upon as a force of good, a defender of those who can't defend themselves. Blair gets it. He, like President Bush, have been steadfast in their conviction to continue the fight against terrorism and the evildoers. Despite polling numbers dropping like stones, they forged on.
Tony Blair is a liberal politician. Remember what fast friends he and Clinton were? The press was all giddy with speculation of stories of how he and President Bush would be able to work together on the world stage. They were hoping, of course, for the two to not be able to work together.
Joe Lieberman is a liberal politician. He annually receives almost 100% approval ratings from the liberal special interest groups who rate politicians for votes cast on issues. He has found a new level of support among some of the American public, though, thanks to his consistent support of the war on terrorism. He was drummed out of his own party by the fringe element who have hijacked his party and ran as an Independent for his Senate re-election race. He won with a mighty majority of votes against the anti-war wealthy Democrat candidate, supported by the very Senate colleagues working with Lieberman in D.C., including his fellow Connecticut senator.
It is a shame this country could not unite on the war in Iraq due to political discourse in this country. It was the foreign policy written into law by Clinton in 1998 that Saddam be removed. Every vote has been all about political expediency. We are to the point where some decisions are being made for whatever withdrawal we can make from Iraq with the highest level of saving face abroad. It's a no-win situation. Instead of being open to the greater picture and how to fight terrorism globally with Iraq being the best option for the beginning of the fight, the Dems made a strategic decision in the very beginning, led by people like Teddy the swimmer Kennedy, to oppose the war and any steps made by the Bush administration. They bet on failure and were determined to pursue defeat. Still are to this day, with Schumer from New York saying the war will bring votes to Dem candidates in the upcoming election.
Kennedy, of course, the son of the former ambassador to the Court of St. James. The son of the ambassador who resigned rather than support FDR and Churchill in the efforts to beat back Hitler in WWII. He made speeches that America should just suck it up and face the fact that our glory days were over. He was aligned with Chamberlain instead of Churchill. He was on the wrong side of history. In 50 years, how will history show the defeatists of today?
So, instead of uniting and fighting for a freer world and supporting those fighting the war on the ground, we have politicians acting like ostriches. Blair pointed out that Great Britain is in danger of losing the war on terrorism unless society is willing to confront the threats. The recent attacks in the United Kingdom are proof that western countries must be on their toes.
London is chock full of surveillance cameras on the streets as a security measure. Think of how the ACLU would squawk about that. London, however, knows a thing or two about terrorism in their streets after years of bombing from the Irish and have not been squeamish about protection measures.
"When I'm trying to change the law in order to make it easier to deport people who engage in terrorism- the idea that that's an assault on hundreds of years of British civil liberties is completely absurd. Some of what is written on this is loopy-loo in its extremism."
Loopy loo? Now that's an excellent term.
Tony Blair will make a fine MidEast envoy. Someone strong must speak up for us, those of us who are not willing to surrender to Islamofacism. Gordon Browne was welcomed into office with a bombing in Glasgow, he being of Scottish heritage. He also is of the same mind as Blair. So far two doctors have been arrested in connection to the Glasgow bombing. The old canard of oh, it's poor disenfranchised Muslims who are resorting to terror out of frustration is long dead.
Best of luck, Mr. Blair