Things just go from bad to worse for Tony Blair, and worse to – ah, worser? – for George W. Bush.
Turns out Tony Blair knew from the start that Bush had no post-war plan for Iraq. The Observer UK reports:
Tony Blair agreed to commit British troops to battle in Iraq in the full knowledge that Washington had failed to make adequate preparations for the postwar reconstruction of the country.
In a devastating account of the chaotic preparations for the war, which comes as Blair enters his final full week in Downing Street, key No 10 aides and friends of Blair have revealed the Prime Minister repeatedly and unsuccessfully raised his concerns with the White House.
He also agreed to commit troops to the conflict even though President George Bush had personally said Britain could help ‘some other way’.
And still Blair reported to the public in 2003 that he was satisfied with the post-war planning. What possible reason could he have had to jump in the war bandwagon so blindly? What did Bush really tell him? Did they pray together and act on secret, revealed knowledge that they were, by God, doing the right thing?
Click a few sites on the right that show the toll from Iraq, in lives lost and dollars spent. During the time it has taken me to write this post, more lives have been lost, and dollars have been spent exponentially. It’s too much.
We need to hit the streets and forget the blogs for a while.
Let’s do this: wherever you are, write a letter, make a phone call to the White House (White House opinion line: 202-456-1111, White House switchboard: 202-456-1414), call your Representative and Senators in Congress (Senate switchboard: 202-224-3121, House switchboard: 202-225-3121), and express your 1st Amendment right to Free Speech. Tell them to leave Iraq.
And then return to Turning Left and let us know how who you called and what you said.
That’s step one.