What was Obama thinking about Blair?

“I want to thank my good friend Tony Blair for coming today, somebody who did it first and perhaps did it better than I will do. He has been an example for so many people around the world of what dedicated leadership can accomplish. And we are very grateful to him.”

What “dedicated leadership”did Obama have in mind from Tony Blair? Might it have been by any chance the GFA – more in tune with Obama than the Iraq war he famously opposed? Or was it just Obama schmooze? Don’t write Tony Blair off , warns Martin Kettle in the Guardian. He won the race to the Obama White House and he’s not even PM anymore. Those 31 references to God may have been a bond e.g ..

“Restoring religious faith to its rightful place as a guide to our world and its future is of the essence.” “In surrendering to God we become instruments of his love”.

. So may be is his role as the Quartet’s envoy to the Middle East, where he may meet up again with George Mitchell, newly installed again as US envoy. Important though not to overrate the mediation powers of these retired politicians, as Ed Moloney reminds us in a magisterial piece in the Jerusalem Post.

Former BBC journalist and manager in Belfast, Manchester and London, Editor Spolight; Political Editor BBC NI; Current Affairs Commissioning editor BBC Radio 4; Editor Political and Parliamentary Programmes, BBC Westminster; former London Editor Belfast Telegraph. Hon Senior Research Fellow, The Constitution Unit, Univ Coll. London

  • Catholic Observer

    In Hussein’s Iraq Christians not only enjoyed electoral representation in the Iraqi Parliament but they had one of their members in Hussein’s cabinet. Mr Blair’s unjust war has lead to the decimation and displacement of that ancient community in Iraq. His goverment was one of the most anti-Christian in British history and was responsible for the introduction of homosexual “civil partnerships”, ‘anti-discrimination’ laws for homosexuals and the virtual abolition of the married couples allowance. His support for embryonic stem cell research and abortion was unrelenting. According to Peter Oborne: “[Tony Blair] has never once voted with the pro-life lobby and has voted 14 times for the pro-choice lobby in Parliament. In 1990, during the debates leading up to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act, he voted on three occasions to extend the time limit for abortion to birth on grounds of handicap. In December 2000 he gave personal backing to regulations permitting stem-cell research on human embryos; and his government enthusiastically promotes the morning-after pill.”

    If Tony Blair is truly contrite for his actions as PM, he should make it public. Otherwise his invocations of the Divine ring hollow.

  • frustrated democrat

    G B will be plotting his downfall, he is always a few steps behind Tony

  • Parrot Cloccker

    Well, Catholic Observer,

    Cant fault most of what you have said. I have to say that on the issue discrimination of homosexuals, it is humanity that is on morally higher ground than the Church.

  • Brian Walker

    Don’t stray too far into the homosexual debate here, please. Let’s keep the focus on the post..

  • Damian O’Loan

    Not to seem paranoid, but I think the link may involve this chain:

    Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III – a former Raytheon lobbyist and the exception to Obama’s Executive Order banning lobbyists from the Pentagon – will have sold off his stock in Raytheon by now.


    Raytheon’s shareholders include JP Morgan Chase – “An affiliate of JPMSI is associated with a specialist or market maker that makes a market in the options of Raytheon, and therefore such specialist may have a position (long or short) in the options of the issuer and may be on the opposite side of public orders in such options. “.


    Tony Blair is, of course, employed “in a senior advisory capacity” by JP Morgan:


    Raytheon were major donors to the New Labour project:

    “Other arms and defence companies linked to Labour include Raytheon Systems, who, according to Friends of the Earth, gave £30,000 to the Labour party in 1997, £15,000 for a pre-dinner drinks party at the Labour conference in 1998 and £12,500 for drinks at the London Hilton in 1997.”


    And, according to MSNBC, “Obama is the biggest recipient of donations from JPMorgan employees — Obama received $270,000” (almost a year ago now)


    Might there be some conflict of interest here? The question is worth asking.

  • 6cp

    Good man, Damien. Follow the money!

    I reckon Obama will have a lot more backs to scratch before this is all over. He has already started taking care of the unions for their enthusiastic support of his campaign. They said Bush was beholden to big oil, but Obama will have a lot more who want to call the tune. He owes them, big time.

  • 6cp

    If this guy Peter Schiff is correct, it is going to take more than Blair’s invocation of God to sort out the coming hard times.

  • cynic

    Gordon Brown dies and goes to Heaven. As he stands in front of the Pearly Gates, he sees a huge wall of clocks behind him. When it’s his turn curiosity overcomes him and he asks St Peter: ‘What are all those clocks for?’

    St. Peter says ‘My son, those are Lie-Clocks. Everyone on earth has a Lie-Clock. Every time you lie the hands on your clock move on 1 minute.’

    ‘Oh’, says Gordon. ‘Whose clock is that?’ ‘That’s Mother Teresa’s’, replies St. Peter. ‘You can see that the hands have never moved, indicating that she never told a lie.’ ‘That’s incredible’, says the Gordon,’and whose clock is that one?’ Again St. Peter replies, ‘That’s George Washington’s clock. It shows two minutes past twelve. The hands have moved twice, telling us that George told only two lies in his entire life.’

    Warming to this, Gordon asks ‘So where’s Tony Blair’s clock?’ ‘Oh’, said St Peter, ‘that’s a special one. We keep that one in Jesus’s office. We’ve nailed it to the ceiling and he uses it as a fan.’