British Prime Minister Tony Blair, or more accurately,
George W. Bush's lap dog, has resigned to England's relief.
Boris Johnson at the Daily Telegraph wrote that "Blair cannot escape
the blame for a disaster in which at least 60,000 (and possibly 10 times as
many) Iraqis have died, and which is causing 40,000 Iraqis to flee the country
The Daily Mail's Piers Morgan wrote that Blair's complicity in the invasion
of Iraq transformed England "into a more dangerous, paranoid, despised
and ridiculed country. Blair's reign will be remembered for one disaster of
epic proportions, one appalling legacy."
Claire Short, a former Blair minister, said, "I think Tony's place in
history is Iraq and the deceit and the desperate mess and it's sad.
It's going to be a very bad place in history."
Many wonder why Blair destroyed his reputation and that of his
country, put himself at risk of being hauled before the International
Criminal Court, and squandered his time as prime minister providing
cover for George Bush's war of aggression. The answer must be
money. We will see which US corporate boards take Blair as a
director and which groups pay him six-figure honorariums for speeches.
Bush will have an even worse place in history. There is no longer
any doubt that Bush deceived Congress and the American people. At
great financial and human cost, Bush took America to war and
destroyed Iraq for a hidden agenda. After years of swallowing Bush's
lies, the American people finally caught on. Bush's approval rating
is at 28 percent, but the TV and print media are still sycophantic.
Bush's approval rating has collapsed despite a favorable press. The
people are no longer fooled, but Bush's favorable press intimidates
the Democrats, who have failed to bring accountability to the Bush
People damn Bill Clinton for many reasons. Perhaps his greatest
failure was in permitting the media concentration that destroyed the
independence of the "mainstream media." The American media is no
longer in the hands of journalists. It is controlled by advertising
executives and corporate bosses who will never put their empires at
risk by offending government and advertisers. They believe readers
and viewers want to be entertained, not challenged by truthful news.
Journalism schools now teach students how to spin the news away from
uncomfortable truths. Reporters and editorial writers are being
turned into shills for those in power.
Democracy is handicapped without the press. When news is spun,
falsely reported, and not reported, the people are deprived both of
information and of voice. The American people disapprove of Bush,
but the American corporate press supports him.
Because of Blair's support for the European Union, Blair could find
himself hauled before the International Criminal Court. The US
government has been careful to keep itself outside international
law. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, and a number of others are
regarded as outlaws, but there is no marshall with the authority to
arrest them and hold them accountable. Only Congress can do that.
Leaving Bush in office is extremely dangerous. He has proven himself to be
a deceitful and harebrained leader. Bush has one and one-half years remaining
in which to attack Iran, start a nuclear war, stage a 9/11-type event and declare
a national emergency.
It is extreme folly to keep fanatics in office who have no respect
for the US Constitution, civil liberties, and the separation of
powers. The Bush Regime values nothing but power. Every day that Bush
remains in office diminishes America and erodes its founding principles.