Thursday, June 30, 2005

Blair's spin gets as much traction

as as a ball bearing in an oil slick. Somebody'd better tell him that the whole "9/11 Changed Everything" meme isn't working too good anymore:

Blair 'Astonished' by Coverage of Memos


LONDON - For Prime Minister Tony Blair, the road to Iraq started with 9/11. The British leader said Wednesday in an interview with The Associated Press that the attacks on U.S. soil fundamentally changed "the balance of risk" in the world, sharing President Bush's view that the tragedy had made a robust show of force an urgent priority.

The attacks, he said, made it necessary to "draw a line in the sand here, and the country to do it with was Iraq because they were in breach of U.N. resolutions going back over many years."


"9/11 changed the whole picture for me, it changed the politics of how we dealt with the threat," he said.

He said his actions were based on personal conviction — not in the hope of any quid pro quo on other issues, such as climate control, Africa aid, or the Middle East, as some have suggested.


"It wasn't me! It was that guy who looks like a chimp!"

Russell Boyce/Reuters