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Secret Draft Of British Iraq Document Revealed

The secet first draft of the nortorious Iraq dossier that helped take Britain to war against Iraq is expected to be released today. It is a victory for freedom of information campaigners. This early version, written by John Williams, the director of communications for the Foreign Office has long been the subject of controversy because ant-Iraq war advocates believe it will reveal the honst analysis of what was thinking of experts, not the final version that was presented to the public. Williams has been arguing for years for the release of the document.

Inquiries into the wording of the original document has been frustrated becaue officials continue insisting it became redundant by subsequent events. It is believed the original document makes no mention of “weapons of mass destruction” nor of any claim Saddam Hussein could launch missiles. The people of Great Britain and those of other nations have a right to know the thinking and distortion of key players such as Tony Blair and George Bush. Did they deliberately lie? Did they distort information? Did they send troops to their deaths on the basis of incorrect information?

“It’s Time For A Change,” Say British Voters

An exhausted British population tired of the Iraq war, of scandals in the Labour Party government, and a growing dislike of its leader, Gordon Brown, are turning to the Conservative Party of David Cameron. A new survey indicates the Conservative Party has a comfortable lead of 40% to 31% over its Labour opponents. About 48% of British voters agree with the statement that “It’s time for a change” after ten years of being led by a Labour government. It is particularly striking that 51% regard Tory leader, David Cameron, as more likeable than Gordon Brown, the Labour leader.

Gordon Brown, an extremely intelligent leader, has the misfortune to inherit Tony Blair’s problems like the war in Iraq. He inherited scandals such as money being funneled to Labour coffers and his own somewhat brusque style does no come across to the general population. A well liked person would also face incredible problems overcoming the Blair legacy. It has been up to Gordon Brown to place some distance from the Bush administration that Blair so slavishly followed and which has resulted in a bad taste among British voters. On the positive side, Brown still has several months to turn things around, and, undoubtedly, the first step is withdrawing all British troops from Iraq.

Gordon Brown-England, Strongest Ally Of US

Prime Minister Gordon Brown emphasized that Britain was the strongest ally the United States has in the world, but there were indications in his talk that, as a strong ally, England must cease going along with Bush policies that lead only to disaster. He expressed his desire that England and the European Union could work with America on issues such as global warming, an issue that apparently President Bush doesn’t hold in high regard. The prime minister looked toward the future by suggesting the world was entering a new phase and policies had to be developed concerning the needs of 21st century life.

The failure of Tony Blair is that he never acted as a good friend to George Bush. A good friend does not encourage plunging into disastrous policies. A good friend speaks the truth when someone has lost contact with reality. Tony Blair was the worse friend that George Bush had in the world because he went along rather than urging his friend to be reflective. The problem is Bush only seeks friends who nod their heads in agreement because, in his view, loyalty to George Bush is a must for friendship.

Tonyt Blair Unbound-Story Of A Man Who Gave In To Fear

Anthony Seldon, in his new biography of Tony Blair, Blair Unbound, reveals that Colin Powell and Jack, Straw, the former foreign secretary, attempted to control the two leaders from their failed venture in Iraq. Powell told Seldon: “In the end Blair would always support the president. I found this very surprising. I never really understood why Blair seemed to be in such harmony with bush. I thought, well, the Brits haven’t been attacked on 9/11. How did he reach the point that he sees Saddam as such a threat? Jack and I would get him all pumped up about an issue, and he would be ready to say, ‘look here, George,’ but as soon as he saw the president he would lose all the steam.” Seldon claims two of Blair’s senior advisors, David Manning and Baroness Sally Morgan argued against the war. It appears Britain’s ambassador to the US Sir Christopher Meyer also argued against entering the war.

The Seldon book is a sad commentary on the man, Tony Blair, and his failures in leadership. One can only wonder at what might have happened if Tony Blair had taken a decisive step to defend the world against the impulsiveness of George Bush.

Fat Cats Of War — New Growth Industry Of Murder

A reporter, from The Independent of England, was in Nisour Square a few days after the Blackwater massacre of innocent Iraqi civilians and encountered continuing fury on the part of the local population. They are demanding an end to private armies in their nation. Lawyer Hassan Jabar Salman, who was shot four times in the back by Blackwater gunmen, said: “This is not the first time they have killed innocent people and they will do it again, you’ll see.” Prime Minister Mailki threatened to expel Blackwater from Iraq, but he was forced to back down under American pressure. The past few days, Robert Griffin, who was in charge of overseeing private contracts, resigned from the State Department. An Independent reporter talked with Mark, a former Royal Marine, who now is in the private army business. “I suppose,” he said, “we should thank George Bush and Tony Blair for what they have done for our industry much as I dislike their policies. And, if I was an Iraqi, I would not be thanking them.” Patrick Toyne Sevell, of Armor Group, told the press, “We believe Iraq as a market will continue to grow for some time..”

The use of private contractors is a recent phenomenon in American history. It fits in with conservative philosophy that private enterprise is more efficient than government institutions. In this case, the government institution is the armed forces. They are not “private contractors,” they are mercenaries who are not bound by civilian or military law. It is time America confronting reality, if this nation intends to conduct military operations around the world it is necessary to institute a draft system and end reliance on private corporations to do the work of our government. A few days ago, Robert Griffin, who oversees contracts with private corporations, resigned from the State Department and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is ordering an investigation. Why? What is there to investigate? The erratic, lawless behavior of private contractors is common knowledge and it has been going on for years. Griffin is a convenient scapegoat. Isn’t it time the real criminals who allowed this lawlessness to proceed were brought before a court of justice? We can begin with Secretary of State Rice who had the responsibility of dealing with these mercenaries and allowed them to run wild without any supervision.

Tony Blair–President Of Europe?

The European Union has changed its system of who serves in the role of President of Europe. Up to this point in time, it has been held on a rotating process in which various countries take turns selecting the person who will fill the position. However, in the coming months a new process will have the position filled by an individual who will serve a two and a half year term. Tony Blair, former prime minister of England is viewed by many as the person who should take over the job. President Nicolas Sarkozy of France described Blair as “the most European of all Britons” and said he would be an excellent choice. However, many Europeans have misgivings because of Blair’s close ties with George Bush and his support of the Iraq war. Another question is whether Blair would accept a job that is more symbolic than having power.

The position of president of Europe may well begin with limited power for the possessor of the job, but, time and circumstances could well increase power vested in the position.