Thursday, 5 February 2009
"And Thats Why - their end move in politics is always to pick up a gun."
Blair beats Brown to Obama meeting and reveals true depth of his faith
From Times Online February 5, 2009
"Tony Blair became the first world leader to shake hands with President Obama as he delivered the keynote address at a Washington prayer breakfast today and called for religious faith to be restored "to its rightful place as a guide to our world".
In a clear break from his days in Downing Street – when his spin doctor Alastair Campbell famously told reporters 'We don't do God' – the former British Prime Minister spoke passionately of his own religious faith.
But Mr Obama's endorsement of him as "my very good friend" is unlikely to have gone down particularly well with the current occupant of No 10, Mr Blair's long-time rival Gordon Brown.
Mr Blair, who balances his job as a Middle East peace envoy with a lucrative speaking schedule, delivered an impassioned address to an audience of political and religious leaders, telling them of his "first spiritual awakening" when his father almost died when he was still a child."
It's being reported in America:
President Barack Obama is set to formally authorize the dispatch of 10,000 to 12,000 additional US combat troops to Afghanistan, the beginning stage of a military "surge" that will likely add 30,000 more soldiers and Marines over the next 12 to 18 months, doubling the US occupation force to 60,000. Obama's announcement of the initial compliment of three combat brigades, to begin deploying in April, could come this week.
The first stage of the escalation is bound up with a strategic overhaul of US policy in the region that will initiate a vast expansion of military violence and increase the focus on exterminating resistance to the occupation of Afghanistan, both in Afghanistan and the neighboring regions of Pakistan.
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