Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Blair 'failed to influence Bush'
What a load of crap!
BBC NEWS UK UK Politics Blair 'failed to influence Bush':
The 'disaster' of Iraq and Tony Blair's failure to influence US policy will overshadow his time as prime minister, a leading UK think tank has said.
The invasion and the post-war 'debacle' have damaged the UK's global influence, said the Chatham House report.
Outgoing director Victor Bulmer-Thomas said Mr Blair's successor would have to build better relations with Europe.
But Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett told the BBC the 'whole thesis of this note is just plain wrong'.
She told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: 'Nobody said that Tony Blair has so much influence that single-handedly he can solve all the problems of the world.'
But, Mrs Beckett added: 'The notion that we do not have any influence out there [in the Middle East], or in the European Union, or in the United States is just not true.'