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Blair Visits Troops in Iraq

#1
Source Sky News - http://news.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30000-13557248,00.html

UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has arrived in Basra for a Christmas visit to Britain's 7,000 troops in southern Iraq.

It was the Prime Minister's fifth visit to British troops deployed around Iraq's second city, including every Christmas since the 2003 war.

Earlier, Mr Blair held talks with Iraq's Prime Minister and President in Baghdad and pledged to "stand four-square" behind them in their struggle with insurgents.

At a joint press conference with Nouri al Maliki, Mr Blair reaffirmed his "determination" that the newly-created democracy in Iraq would not be "destroyed by terrorism and sectarianism".

And, he added that the operation to hand over security responsibility from British to Iraqi forces in Basra was "going well".

But he became visibly rattled by a question from Sky News Political Editor Adam Boulton which described the "ghastly situation" in Iraq of "the greatest amount of bloodshed...created by the American and British invasion".

Shaking his head, Mr Blair told gathered reporters: "The bloodshed is created by terrorsts, insurgents and former supporters of Saddam Hussein - people trying to stop Iraqis from getting the democracy they wanted.

"However difficult it is, our response is to stand up to them not give in to them."

There had been Whitehall whispers that the handover of the last two British-controlled provinces in the south of Iraq might be completed by the spring, but Mr Blair would not be drawn to detail or timings.

He said: "As soon as the Iraqi forces are capable of taking over Basra our forces will stand down."

The Prime Minister's Middle Eastern tour has also taken in Turkey and Egypt but has so far concentrated on the situation in the Palestinian Authority.

He urged the international community to support Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who has called for fresh elections.

The peace process stalled following Hamas' victory in January's poll, which preceeded an increase in violence in the Palestinian Authority.
 
#3
Wija72 said:
Fook me I hope some of the boys/girls have a word or two about Mr Bliar's performance.

The wee Rat!!
Hmmm hardly likely now is it?

Every time some respected visitor or a complete tosspot of the highest order tips up, all the squaddies with an axe to grind or who have previously broke ranks find themselves off and away on a very important job.

The CO/OC/RSM/etc... then gives the duty brief about behaviour, values, standards to all and sundry.

The aforementioned then spend the whole visit sweating on whether their blokes/lasses behaviour will impact on their My Blokes Effort award that they lie awake dreaming of.

The RM Sgt who told Journos about the lack of kit got no Sp from his CO, who more or less contradicted him.

It would take a lot of B@lls to tell the emperor he had no clothes (insert Ammo/Helis etc). I imagine anyone who did would be secretly admired by many but probably at his rank ceiling forever. Even the PoD did not do it until he was out!
 
#6
I remember when Geoff "buff" Hoon came out to see us on Telic 4. He refused to eat in the mess with any of the soldiers, we weren't allowed to leave our rooms/offices when he was mincing about and to cap it all off, his visit was supposed to co-incide with the Black Jocks coming back South but he wasn't allowed to meet/shake hands with any soldier who'd been in theatre more than 5 days!
 
#7
I've just seen him giving a little speech in Basra.
All his words drowned out by the big noisy generator right behind him.
How did that get there do you suppose?
 
#9
Nice to see he spent a fair bit of quality time with the troops he sent there.
Must of been all of 20 minutes, BBC News 24 just reported him in Jordan having dinner with Jordanian King(?) and political leaders from the region.

Frankly i've never had time for him and would rather scoop out my eyeballs with a teaspoon than spend even one minute in his odourous company
VILE BACKSTABBING LYING TW@T
at least a snake has a reason for being, B.Liar has not one redeeming feature
 
#10
The last refuge of a scoundrel.

...First PM to be interviewed by the police whilst in office...
...Under pressure over two mishandled wars...
...Endorsing corporate corruption...
...Political party virtually bankrupt...

...A little photocall with the troops...SHAMELESS!

There are some things that money can't buy. For everything else (like flag-waving photo-ops) there's the taxpayer.
 
#11
When he came out last year and visited BAS, we had his security goons all over the hotel. I had to walk half way round the f*cking building to go up a flight of stairs "for security". Cnut merely makes life more difficult than usual.
 
#15
SLRboy said:
If Bush decides to up the ante and send more troops to Iraq after Xmas
so will Blair.
Bliar won't, there aren't any more, the barrel is empty!!

The 3 year Trg-Ops-Other Tasks was replaced with the 30 month FORM which in the short term covered the gap.

After Bliars statement about staying in Iraq until the Job is done, consider the barrel scraped, go and look at an Arms plot if serving!!
 
#16
barrel empty?
no never
We always have the Cub scouts
all they need is formal training on Heavy Artillery.
Or maybe a few troops of Brownies, bobajobbing
Nothing but nothing can resist them for long, forget the Borg, prepare to be assimilated by the Brownies
 
#17
Wench3000 said:
I remember when Geoff "buff" Hoon came out to see us on Telic 4. He refused to eat in the mess with any of the soldiers, we weren't allowed to leave our rooms/offices when he was mincing about and to cap it all off, his visit was supposed to co-incide with the Black Jocks coming back South but he wasn't allowed to meet/shake hands with any soldier who'd been in theatre more than 5 days!
Things like that should be leaked to the press...otherwise the public just see smiling soldiers (token female, F&Commonwealth, Para/Mne) shaking hands with him!!
 
#18
CH512O said:
Wench3000 said:
I remember when Geoff "buff" Hoon came out to see us on Telic 4. He refused to eat in the mess with any of the soldiers, we weren't allowed to leave our rooms/offices when he was mincing about and to cap it all off, his visit was supposed to co-incide with the Black Jocks coming back South but he wasn't allowed to meet/shake hands with any soldier who'd been in theatre more than 5 days!
Things like that should be leaked to the press...otherwise the public just see smiling soldiers (token female, F&Commonwealth, Para/Mne) shaking hands with him!!
Read my first post on this thread (page 1).

Serving soldiers are discouraged from speaking to the media. A lot!!
 
#19
Priam said:
Read my first post on this thread (page 1).

Serving soldiers are discouraged from speaking to the media. A lot!!
We are all well aware of that, but shouldn't the world know of the b4lls ache that the toms have to go through to put the 'bull gloss' on what is actrually an operational environment, followed by the cheesy smiles and handshakes.

Not for the benifit of the troops, but for the pure PR of some politico.
 

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