Monday, June 16, 2008

Yo, Blair! The Boys Are Back In Town

One is a powerful political force on the world stage, on a mission from God. The other is President of the United States. Bush and Blair meet today in London for breakfast, only this time there'll be no open mics to record the conversation. 

Officially Blair is meeting Bush as his Middle East envoy - but why in London and why now? 

Bush's farewell world tour is being seen as a 'lame duck president looking for a legacy'. But make no mistake Bush is still the leader of the most powerful nation on earth. 

Bush and the neocons may be on their way out but there's still months to go before he's consigned to the history books as the president who took the US to war in Iraq. And Blair is worried he too will suffer the same fate. 

After hiding away for months in his luxury Jerusalem hotel, Blair has been popping up all over the place. He popped up at Westminster the other week all empty smiles and popped up again to launch the Blair Blind Faith Foundation. 

Blair has already bought a huge house in central London and recently bought a country pile - a £4 million stately home in Buckinghamshire, just a few miles from Chequers, the prime ministerial country retreat. How convenient. 

Strange choices for someone who says he just wants to devote his life to God.

One thing we have learnt about Blair is not to trust him. He is all things to all people. That's how he and his cronies in the New Labour Project managed to fool most of the people, all of the time. Until we saw through him.

So far Blair has been richly rewarded by Bush for taking the UK into the illegal Iraq war and at the same time boosting the profits for the huge US global corporations. But the Big Prize still awaits  him.

Could it be the appointment of Blair as the new full-time permanent EU president, currently being bulldozed through by Brussels, with powers over defence and trade? That would be a US neocon's dream. Bush needs his man in Europe and Blair has never disappointed his powerful masters.

In his political novel, The Ghost, Robert Harris paints a similar picture for his Blair-esque prime minister, Adam Lang. Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction.

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