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NEWS: Blair refuses to travel to US to pick up Bush war honour

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posted on Aug, 22 2004 @ 09:25 PM
Prime Minister Tony Blair is refusing to fly to the U.S. in order to pick up a Congressional Medal of Honor award. The award has been bestowed upon him by President Bush in his efforts over the Iraq war. His refusal comes at a time when Politics are heating up, as the United States grows closer to November Elections.
"There has been a lot of telephone traffic between the White House and Downing Street over the medal in recent week," the Sunday Mirror quoted a senior government source as saying.

"George Bush wants the prime minister to come to Washington and pick up the medal, which is the highest honour America can bestow on a foreigner.

"But he has refused for more than a year now and for good reason. He cannot possibly accept an award for the Iraq war when British and American troops continue to risk their lives there."

Blair is concerned also that a trip to the United States now would effectively be giving a boost to Bush ahead of November's presidential elections.

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A government source claimed :

"The Democrats are watching the situation very carefully and there would be uproar if Tony travelled to Washington to meet (Republican) Bush so close to the presidential elections,"

Politics are coming into play in abundance this week. We have the "Swift Boat" dilema, President Bush's Service Record, The Bush campaign's new Ad depicting Iraq and Afghanistan 'Swimming in the Olympics' as a sign of "Freedom", the list goes on. Where is the list of the issues? I have seen nothing from either side except attempts of character assasination. Will there ever come a point where the issues that truly should concern the American people come up? These tactics are well known throughout Presidential Campaigns, but it is time to say enough. Can we please start talking about the "Future" of the United States?

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posted on Aug, 23 2004 @ 05:39 AM
Did he fought in Iraq? Did he manage the attacks? Why should he get a war honour medal?

Why are there war honour medals anyway? The last war I would give a few thousands honour medals is the 2nd world war. The Allied really achieved war honour...but wars nowadays aren't much about honour and freeing anybody so it would be wise to skip those.

posted on Aug, 23 2004 @ 06:28 AM
The United States of America hereby congratulate you for lying to the British public and dragging them into a war without end for money and power.

posted on Aug, 23 2004 @ 12:21 PM
This is very suprising considering the fact that Bush and Blair have always been good, close buddies.

posted on Aug, 23 2004 @ 12:26 PM
Is Blair up for re-election this year also?


posted on Aug, 23 2004 @ 03:44 PM
This is just my take on all of this, but it sounds to me that Blair is tired of Bush not being able to prove anything. Bush and his terrorists (cabinet) pulled the wool over Blair's eyes with all their lies about Iraq and I think Blair knows it now since we havent proven one thing about WMD. I say good for Blair, I like it when people can think for themselves and not follow with the other rats behind the piper.

posted on Aug, 23 2004 @ 03:59 PM
The reason Blair won't go before November is because Britain has a policy of not picking sides in the run up to U.S Presidential elections because whoever wins Britain has to work with them.

You only have to look at the example of Prime Minister John Major who helped the President George Bush senior in the run up to his second election only to find that a few months later he had to work with a very angry President Clinton for the next year.

With the election neck and neck it would be silly to boost one side or the other.

Add to that the media furore that Blair would get if he collected a medal while British soldiers were still being killed and you see it's really a no-brainer.

The joke is that the medal has been especially insribed.

It reads:

If lost please return to master at the White House.
Goes by the name of Tony,doesn't bite but barks alot.
Tends to piss in his own backyard.

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posted on Aug, 23 2004 @ 09:51 PM
Blair addressed a joint session of Congress on 17th July 2003. His first comments thanked Congress for awarding him the Congressional Gold Medal. The lack of an award ceremony at that time was spuriously blamed on the medal not having been minted timeously, although most observers believed Blair chose to forego an award ceremony on the grounds that Allied troops were still in difficulty on the ground in Iraq and that it would have been politically difficult at home for Blair to be seen attending an award ceremony. These two reasons, combined with the November U.S. elections and possible U.K. elections in May 2005 are to blame for no award ceremony. Well, that plus the fact George W. Bush is almost universally despised outside the U.S. of course - including the U.K.

For Blair to be seen accepting this award from the dumbest occupant to grace the White House would be Blair's electoral suicide - and a gift to his internal Labour Party opponents. For Blair is deeply disliked at home and only the lack of an effective Opposition has kept him in power.

In any event, what did he do to deserve such an award ? He supported the U.S. after 9/11 - when lets never forget, so did the French, Germans and just about 99% of the other UN members. We see no awards to Chirac or Schroeder.

He got the award simply because he committed U.K. forces to Iraq. But he also sent U.K. forces into an unjust war on false pretences in support of the worst and most calamitous U.S. administration of modern times, and as a result many British families have lost a Son. Who remembers those boys? Our boys and yours?

Remember them, Tony, as you polish your gold trinkets.

posted on Aug, 25 2004 @ 01:16 PM
I think Blair is taking a page from Pulp Fiction:

"Well, let's not start sucking each other's dicks just yet."
-Winston Wolf

posted on Aug, 27 2004 @ 03:39 AM
And, well the prime minister does ignore this bobble. That he become a character in an American campaign fiasco would undermine the esteemed spirit of England's original independence.

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