Carter lambasts Blair for support of the White House policy

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  1. Abominable. Blind. Subservient. Ex-President Carter lambasts Blair for support

    By James Tapsfield, PA Political Correspondent
    Published: 19 May 2007

    The former US President Jimmy Carter lambasted Tony Blair for his "blind " support of the Iraq war today, saying it had been a "major tragedy for the world".

    The outgoing Prime Minister's relationship with President George Bush appeared to have been "subservient" and "abominable", according to Mr Carter.

    In an interview for BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Mr Carter speculated that Mr Blair could have made a crucial difference to American political and public opinion by distancing himself during the build-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

    Mr Carter has long been an outspoken critic of the war, and has previously expressed his "disappointment" that Mr Blair did not use his influence more wisely.

    His latest salvo came as Mr Blair arrived in Iraq for his final visit as prime minister, having held a valedictory press conference with Mr Bush in Washington where they heaped praise on each other.

    Asked how he would describe Mr Blair's attitude to President Bush, Mr Carter replied: "Abominable. Loyal, blind, apparently subservient. I think that the almost undeviating support by Great Britain for the ill-advised policies of President Bush in Iraq have been a major tragedy for the world."

    Mr Carter condemned the war as "unjustified", and said it had caused "deep schisms" around the globe.

    He insisted that if Mr Blair had advised against going to war in 2003 it could have made a crucial difference.

    "I can't say it would have made a definitive difference. But it would certainly have assuaged the problems that have arose lately," he said.

    "One of the defences of the Bush administration, in America and worldwide - it's not been successful in my opinion - has been that, okay, we must be more correct in our actions than the world thinks because Great Britain is backing us.

    "I think the combination of Bush and Blair giving their support to this tragedy in Iraq has strengthened the effort and has made opposition less effective and has prolonged the war and increased the tragedy that has resulted."
  2. Put that in your f'ing legacy Bliar you screaming shite!
  3. Goatman

    Goatman LE Book Reviewer

    Hmmm...unfortunately Jimmy Carter is thought of by Americans as one of the weakest and most ineffectual leaders they have ever saddled themselves with - personally responsible ( as far as some see him) for the long drawn out humiliation of the Tehran Embassy siege and the Hostage crisis.......Ronnie Raygun was seen as a refreshing change.

    Wherefore, criticism by Carter of Blair is unlikely to be as damning as it might be.

    Suspect the Celestial Navigator will still find a ready audience for his ramblings on the lucrative lecture circuit....well, he has to pay for that house and the running costs of a 150,000 armour plated Discovery somehow, fair play.... :x

    Don Cabra
  4. Jimmy Carter - his Peace Centre was paid for by the Saudis and regularly descends into anti Isreali and suchlike rhetoric. Many of the staff left after he published a book which was widely lambasted. Indeed he had to withdraw it since he'd been accused of having made things up in it by one of the people who helped write it.

    The man is a buffoon but it won't stop the nutters using his pathetic comments to claim a media victory.....if Jimmy Carter is the best they can come up with... :cool:
  5. The worst former President in US history calls Bush the worst president:

    Carter: Bush 'worst' in world relations

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Former President Carter says President Bush's administration is "the worst in history" in international relations, taking aim at the White House's policy of pre-emptive war and its Middle East diplomacy.

    Douglas Brinkley, a Tulane University presidential historian and Carter biographer, described Carter's comments as unprecedented.

    "This is the most forceful denunciation President Carter has ever made about an American president," Brinkley said. "When you call somebody the worst president, that's volatile. Those are fighting words."

    Carter is desperate for someone to take the mantle of "Worst President Ever" from him.