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Gen Powell Used Blair To Undermine Bush

From The Australian:

Blair wilted under Bush on war

FORMER US secretary of state Colin Powell was surprised by Tony Blair’s strong support for George W.Bush over the Iraq war, a new book says.

Mr Powell said he and Britain’s former foreign secretary Jack Straw would “get (Mr Blair) all pumped up” to talk to Mr Bush about certain issues in the run-up to the 2003 conflict, but Mr Blair would “lose his steam” when he saw Mr Bush.

The comments are quoted in Blair Unbound by Anthony Seldon, a political commentator and biographer of the former British prime minister.

Mr Powell, formerly the top officer in the US military, is quoted as saying that in mid-2002, he “realised that the planning for war was racing ahead and I wasn’t sure we’d thought it through enough”.

“I thought to myself, ‘Jeez, what are we getting ourselves into?”‘

He added that he and Mr Straw “were worried that our two leaders might not have a strong enough sense of the consequences of removing Saddam militarily”.

Mr Powell went on to express surprise at the strength of the “special relationship” between Mr Blair and Mr Bush over the issue.

“In the end, Blair would always support the President,” he said. “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’d be ready to say, ‘Look here, George.’ But as soon as he saw the President, he would lose his steam.”

In case there is still any question as to whose side Mr. Powell was on in all of this.

Oh, and thanks again for Richard Armitage.

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