Blair bows out with tribute to UK troops

#2
western said:
You couldn't make it up:

Tony Blair paid a heartfelt tribute to Britain's troops today, saying he was "truly sorry" for the dangers they faced in Iraq and Afghanistan but that he stood by his decision to send them there.

http://politics.guardian.co.uk/tonyblair/story/0,,2112771,00.html
How noble of him, im sure those wives without husbands and kids without fathers are thankful for his heartfelt apology. :x
 
#3
Cheers Tony. That makes us feel so much better.

Fcuking Muppet!

I'd have just said too little too late but I think its even more obvious than the fact that the Puppet he handed over to is going to be just as much as a cnut!
 

chimera

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#4
Perhaps he should have said how many repatriations he attended, or how many of our people he went to visit in hospital..... perhaps we should be told.

That's one area where, whether you agree with him or not, Bush at least has the courage of his convictions. He regularly visits hospitals, talks to bereaved, and looks the people in the eye.
 
#6
Good to know that Tony has been on our side. With mates and colleagues dying, and their families struggling to survive the aftermath, it is great to have the sympathy of our lords and masters!

Let us hope that PM Gordon (the tight-fisted git who has starved the military of funds) will see his errors and generously support HM Forces from here onwards - more money both at home and abroad, and a timetable to withdraw troops from Iraq and Afghanistan.
 
#8
chimera said:
Perhaps he should have said how many repatriations he attended, or how many of our people he went to visit in hospital..... perhaps we should be told.

That's one area where, whether you agree with him or not, Bush at least has the courage of his convictions. He regularly visits hospitals, talks to bereaved, and looks the people in the eye.
I'm pretty sure he just didn't want his picture associated with the scarred, dismembered evidence of the real cost of his vile arrogant, deceitful and hubristic under-resourced, lie-based adventures in the dustbowls.
 

Unknown_Quantity

War Hero
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#9
Even against all his sins against the forces, at least he said it. According to the news it was the first point of his speech and he seemed to be genuine in his sentiment. I'm not an apologist for him, and I'll probably be ridiculed for this,but as I said, at least he said it.

Edit to add that these good words pale in comparison to the sacrifices of some of the forces and I am in no way saying that he's a good bloke for todays tribute.
 

chrisg46

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#10
Unknown_Quantity said:
Even against all his sins against the forces, at least he said it. According to the news it was the first point of his speech and he seemed to be genuine in his sentiment. I'm not an apologist for him, and I'll probably be ridiculed for this,but as I said, at least he said it.

Edit to add that these good words pale in comparison to the sacrifices of some of the forces and I am in no way saying that he's a good bloke for todays tribute.
I will second those sentiments.
 
#11
Also agree, seemed genuine. Might have realised in that final moment that Iraq was the reason he was handing power to Gordon. Maybe he felt sorry for the troops and sorry for himself at the same time. Hope Gordon was listening. he has to get British troops out of Iraq soon. Otherwise he will become the figure of hate for so many.
 
#13
Im with DB here .... im afraid that the only words i can sum up to describe my feeling towards him and his speech are NAAFI not Current Affairs :shakefist:
 
#14
About ruddy fooking time I hope he will visit the National Remorial and note the names of all the service men and women that have died on Ops since he has been in power!!!! :x :x

And as for Brown and his control of the purse strings dont get me started after the conversation I had tonight with my PSAO about MTD and he is already asking for an extension for me in Fecking June to cover JOTAC, AA DSO, LFTT and Mine Awareness Advisors as well as being Pl Comd and Coy 2ic :x :x :x :x :x
 
#16
What's he sorry for?

Oh, yeah, placing OUR troops in DANGER. There were/are no WMD unless you consider stones/bricks/pens/pencils (as a socialworker would say.......), based on that B'LIAR - should have done one last decent thing (but he doesn't know the meaning of it) and start to wind our troops down.......................

Was that what they meant, by NEW LABOUR - NEW SHAME slippin' something in, just to make 'em look..................fill the blank space in, as you see fit.

The news today should be a reminder of what NEW LABOUR - NO SHAME have cause our troops, families and friends. Our troops do an outstanding job, you can't say that about NEW LABOUR - NO SHAME, useless theres a FREEBIE attached....................
 
#17
Unknown Quantity says

and he seemed to be genuine in his sentiment

Can anyone be sure when this master of spin is ever genuine in his sentiment. Yes im sure he was emotional during his last question time ,more worried will the Russians except him as an envoy. Were has this same emotion been shown to the troops in the past! Hes a conman.
 
#18
Whilst we all blame him for getting us into Iraq, remember he was re-elected after the war and subsequent investigations into the reason why etc. It is the electorate who are to blame surely ? He was the one who ultimately did not allocate more money for defence, but it was the electorate who let him get away with it. As for those people who say we should'nt be in Afghanistan - should we let the Talibs back in ? Remember the reason why we are in that place. As for those of you who want us out of Afghanistan - surely we must destroy those who wish to destroy our way of life ? If we leave them to re-establish themselves, then in a few years who knows where they would strike, and strike they will for they hate everything about us.

I think he is genuinly sorry about the dangers we face but he ultimately thinks it is in the nations best interest to be doing what we are doing.
 
#19
sc_obvious said:
Whilst we all blame him for getting us into Iraq, remember he was re-elected after the war and subsequent investigations into the reason why etc. It is the electorate who are to blame surely ? He was the one who ultimately did not allocate more money for defence, but it was the electorate who let him get away with it. As for those people who say we should'nt be in Afghanistan - should we let the Talibs back in ? Remember the reason why we are in that place. As for those of you who want us out of Afghanistan - surely we must destroy those who wish to destroy our way of life ? If we leave them to re-establish themselves, then in a few years who knows where they would strike, and strike they will for they hate everything about us.

I think he is genuinly sorry about the dangers we face but he ultimately thinks it is in the nations best interest to be doing what we are doing.
Then surely, we must therefore destroy the whole world. As for B'LIAR being genuine, thats open to interpretation.
 
#20
sc_obvious says

I think he is genuinly sorry

I agree with your point about standing up to the taliban etc, my point after the lies and deceit of Bliar and some of the comments his troll of a wife has come out with, ie sympathising with suicide bombers etc.
How do we know when he is genuinely sorry, why wait to his last day in office.
Im sure all the familys who lost loved ones, all feel a whole lot better now Tony said sorry! Why did he not follow it on with, im going to do this for the troops or give them the equipment they need.
I think the term crocidile tears comes to thought. But then thats only my opinion.
 

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