Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Well, bollocks.

PM Tony Blair is really leaving. He bid the Labour Party goodbye this week with panache and class, something we Americans, some of us, ever crave in leadership. He owned his part of our friendship but acknowledged his own neighborhood by saying, "It's hard sometimes to be America's strongest ally. Europe can be a political headache." Detailing the myriad of challenges we face, he believes terrorism will take at least a generation to contain, Blair sums up by saying, "And the truth is that nothing we strive for...can be solved without America, without Europe." A brilliant man, graced with humility and strength but grounded in the here and now. He doesn't kid himself. That's why he's leaving.

The thing about Tony Blair is this: he speaks straight from the heart, speaks the truth as he knows it and let's the chips fall where they may. And I wouldn't be truthful if I didn't admit that one of Blair's most appealing qualities is that he's such a contrast to our own intellect-challenged and communicative disorder-proned President. The cerebral elegance this man easily employs is more than a tad seductive but as you examine his arguments, you realize he has a vision and a determination that looks different but feels much like Churchill: "The British people today are reluctant global citizens; I want them to be confident ones.". He makes a strong argument for the big picture of British change in the new millenium. These days sovereignty is textured and laced with collaboration and partnership, according to Blair. Hmmm.

And so it goes. Nuts.


JBelle
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7 comments:

the psycho therapist said...

Well done, old chap. Oops, you daft moo. Intelligent, articulate and insightful. Qualities I also appreciate in a politician. Hell, humans, in general.

Besides us, know any?

/kidding ya'll, kidding

jb3ll3 said...

Well, Vendella, you and I do set the bar awfully high.

treespotter said...

i actually think it's about time. he's been there a tad too long. we need churchill back.

the psycho therapist said...

Oh I'm just passing through again...saying hello...nodding to the Chows, rubbing their heads...winking at you...

What a caaaaraaaaaaazy week.
This golden iconoclast's free.

green libertarian said...

Mr. Blair is eloquent and he's a statesman. And apparently intelligent, so why he signed on to this bogus war based on a pack of lies now turned into a bloody no-win meatgrinder that is getting worse every single day for Coalition forces and Iraqis alike is beyond me.

Watch what they DO, not what they SAY.

These days sovereignty is textured and laced with collaboration and partnership, according to Blair.

The war in Iraq has only served to destroy collaboration and partnership on the world stage, and has weakened our abilities to fight terrorism and rogue states. They cried "WOLF!" about Iraq, how can they be trusted to properly identify real threats to the security of the US and/or the UK?

the psycho therapist said...

Oh, Tony's still here? Hmmm.
Listen, if you see Schmeebsie, tell her I said "hey".

I've got to go now and plan my "Around The World With Human Suffering" tour for the upcoming week.

:) :( :)

Whatev.

jb3ll3 said...

Vendella, tell me,

Why is it important to suffer and then to talk about it?