Could the end of the romance be near? Are we looking at two broken hearts when we look into the eyes of our President and British Prime Minister Tony Blair? The two close friends that once stood side by side as they took on an endeavor to free the world of a tyrant don’t seem as close anymore.
Yes it is a very sad ending to a once happy relationship. Tony Blair, Bush’s key ally in the war in Iraq just don’t seem as happy with his friend anymore. In a joint news conference this week, the two leaders seemed a little more than discontent with one another. But why? Why are these two men who fought tooth and nail to rid the world of Saddam now on what some would call the end of the honeymoon?
Well I think the answer lies in what are two of Tony Blair’s biggest platforms – global warming and Africa. These are two issues that our President has been, well less than supportive on. While President Bush agreed to forgive Africa’s debt this week, that is far less then pledging financial aide to the poverty stricken continent. Couple that with the less than aggressive push for the 15 billion dollar aids relief package our President vowed in his 2003 state of the union and address and it proves George is not as forthcoming on helping Africa as Tony is .
We also saw a report released this week that a White House official edited reports on the petroleum industries effects towards global warming, in an effort to downplay it. Of course the White House has spun this and said it is common practice for people to review these reports and make notes, but Tony Blair is an avid activist in the fight on global warming and this could not sit well with him. Seems our President is still holding true to his other love, the oil industry, while ignoring that passions of his partner and friend.
So how does Tony Blair feel about this? He caused a lot of grief in his country and in his own party by going to war in Iraq. He stood true by his friend George while his country protested. He almost committed a political suicide in order to stand by his word and support George in the regime change, yet George isn’t doing anything in return for Tony now. No it more or less seems that George is leaving poor Tony out to dry.
I would ask this of the Prime Minister. Is a man who is not going to share the same love for you that you do for him worth all of this? I don’t think anyone would agree and nothing worse than a broken heart. Tony – why don’t you go ahead and show George that your not going to be used like some cheap one night stand and fight back? Go ahead, I have confidence you can. Tell the world what really was happening in the spring and summer of 2002. Let us here why you ultimately decided to go to war, why your attorney general changed his view on the legalities of the war so quickly, and most importantly that George was having the intelligence fixed around the case for war. Of course you can do that now, and we wont hear about it for a couple months, we have to many other stories more important flooding our media like missing rich girls, runaway brides and perverted popstars, but we will get the message soon enough.