Ambassador Turns On Blair Over Iraq

Posted on Monday, November 14 at 14:32 by jensonj
The tittle-tattle ranges from acerbic comments about the "pygmies", as he calls many of the British ministers to visit his residence, to his furious reaction when he felt that Downing Street officials, with whom his relations had undiplomatically broken down, were trying to cut him out of a key meeting with President George Bush. He does not hold back on quoting himself using the "F" word several times. That aside, however, the main interest of his account is what it says about the invasion of Iraq. Sir Christopher was in post right up to very shortly before the invasion. Sir Christopher was quick to spot the rapport between his Prime Minister, Tony Blair, and President Bush. He told me early on that in his view, Mr Bush was much smarter than people gave him credit for. He appeared to approve of the new relationship, and in his book he does not hide his approval of the march to war upon which the two men set out. However, he seeks to distance himself from the results of that war. This is a common solution for the dilemma faced by many officials who supported war, and now perhaps wish they had not. They are rushing to find lifeboats to leave a ship they themselves helped to launch. [Proofreader's note: this article was edited for spelling and typos on November 14, 2005]


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