Blair visit to Iraq

#1
Watching his speech on Sky just now it appeared that he was addressing the press cameras (thank you, thank you, thank you) while all the troops were arranged behind him on a couple of trucks. Talk about posing....
 

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#2
Just your average trip to bolster the troops morale- did he mention- oh your are doing a great job. But when you get back I will make 30% of you redundant?

'Prime Minister Tony Blair has told troops in southern Iraq that the prestige and reputation of the British armed forces had never been higher and that everyone in the UK felt "enormous pride" in them during an unannounced visit to Basra.

Mr Blair arrived in the city of Basra, where British troops are based to pay tribute to the nearly 10,000 British troops currently serving in the Gulf.

He arrived on a special military cargo plane from Egypt where he was on holiday. It was his second visit to Iraq since British forces fought alongside US troops to topple Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

He told troops that no matter what people's views on the war against Saddam Hussein's regime they have the full support of the public at home for the job they are now doing.

And added that British armed forces were "the new pioneers of soldiering in the 21st century" in defending the world against the dual threats of terrorism and brutal and repressive regimes.'
 
#3
Seen on BBC news. Typical faux sincerity and reptilian grin. It was clearly for the press; apparently those service personnel who met him were 'selected' - anyone else notice the 2 Fijians carefully placed in shot behind him - neither looked as if they were even listening to him.

He didn't actually say very much, but then that's no surprise...
 
#4
Well I'm sure that must really have bolstered the morale of the guys and girls

Pioneers of 21st century soldiering? WTF?

Mr. Blair, I have a newsflash for you. The moment TELIC slipped off the front pages, the British public stoppped giving a tuppeny damn. With the exception of

Service families and relatives and friends of
Employers with TA personnel serving

The "British Public" are more concerned with paying their mortgages, and trying to keep their jobs.

I actually asked this question in the pub today, after we watched it , and the overwhelming opinion was "What are we doing there , and what is the goal?"

They will care again, once it's back on the front page, right after Hutton.
 
#6
BBC Report here

Apply bullsh*t filter before reading, place a convenient bucket close to hand :twisted:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/3366525.stm

The prime minister said Iraq had been a "test case" in the fight against brutal and repressive regimes.

He thanked the troops - "the new pioneers of soldiering" - for their part in winning the conflict but told them they now had to "win the peace
Test case? 8O
 
#7
Ermm what was Afghanistan then?
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The prime minister said Iraq had been a "test case" in the fight against brutal and repressive regimes.

He thanked the troops - "the new pioneers of soldiering" - for their part in winning the conflict but told them they now had to "win the peace
 
#8
Too little too late, although dammed if he went and dammed if he didn't A better picture for the press would have been the lads staking him out and driving those bedfords over his head :D
 
#9
Andrew Marr - the BBC political correspondant (Am I right in saying that he is not only a Labour supporter but contributes to Labour party funds) - said that Mr Blair was not speaking to the troops but to the people who matter- the elecorate. He then went on to say that Mr Blairs emphasis on why we went to war had changed from WMD to getting rid of an evil dictator who badly abused human rights. Does this mean that Mad Bob Mugabe is next in line.
 
#10
Contributes to Labour funds, and his wife works/worked for Campbell

And Mugabe is as safe as bloody houses , until the Americans find he has oil or a list of nasty stories about former members of the administration
 

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