Bush & Blair Press Conference Summary: Bush Kicks Some Ass
British Prime Minister Tony Blair should visit with George Bush more often — he seems to inspire Bush to speak his mind and tell us what he really thinks. In their joint press conference they showed a united front that Great Britain and the United States were not about to surrender in Iraq.
Bush said, “I believe we will succeed, we will prevail.” Blair said, “The vision is the right vision.”
When a BBC reporter asked Bush if he was still in denial about how bad things are in Iraq — Bush returned to form and effectively stated his position, “Make no mistake about it, I understand how tough it is, sir. I talk to the families,”
“Sixty-five years ago this day, America was jolted out of our isolationism and plunged into a global war that Britain had been fighting for two years,”
Speaking about Iraq he said, “One way to assure failure is just to quit, is not to adjust, and say it’s just not worth it,” he added. “If we were to fail, that failed policy will come to hurt generations of Americans in the future.”
Blair added, “The violence is not an accident or a result of faulty planning. It is a deliberate strategy. It is the direct result of outside extremists teaming up with internal extremists — Al Qaeda with the Sunni insurgents and Iran with the Shia militia — to foment hatred and to throttle at birth the possibility of a nonsectarian democracy.”
You are right, and I appreciate your comments,” Bush said.
“It is true that Sunni and Shia extremists are targeting each other’s innocent civilians and engaging in brutal reprisals. It’s also true that forces beyond Iraq’s borders contribute to this violence,”
Bush indicated quite clearly that U.S. Policy towards Iran would change only if Iran verifiably suspended its uranium enrichment programme and Syria needs to stop destabilising the Lebanese government and allowing arms and money flowing to insurgents in Iraq. “They know what is expected of them,” he said.
“If people come to the table to discuss Iraq, they need to come understanding their responsibilities — to not fund terrorists, to help this young democracy survive, to help with the economics of the country. If people are not committed — if Syria and Iran is not committed to that concept, then they shouldn’t bother to show up,”
Posted: 21:55 PST