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Mr Blair goes to Washington

Britain, UK news from The Times and The Sunday Times - Times Online

TONY BLAIR will fly to Washington next week for talks with President Bush to try to save his ambitious G8 agenda, which is under threat from heavy US opposition. ...
The trip comes amid growing pessimism that initiatives on climate change and Africa will be lost owing to a lack of support from the US. Mr Blair is seeking a new commitment from President Bush that he will join India, China and Brazil to agree a new target for a cap on emissions outside the Kyoto Protocol, which President Bush rejected four years ago. ...

That would be the same treaty that Clinton never tried to get accepted by the US then - "On July 25, 1997, John Kerry and Ted Kennedy, along with 93 other senators (with five senators not voting and none voting in opposition) adopted a resolution stating that ‘the United States should not be a signatory to any protocol to, or other agreement regarding, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change of 1992, at negotiations in Kyoto" ... still must be evil Bushchimpyhalibuton's fault...

British officials are concerned that the two allies are equally at odds over Africa. Mr Blair’s Commission for Africa called for a tripling of aid, and Gordon Brown has put forward ambitious plans for cancelling the debt of African countries. ..
Last week’s agreement among EU members to spend 0.7 per cent of their GDPs on aid by 2015 will add to the pressure on the US to come on board. “The US will not want to be isolated on this,” one senior Whitehall official said.

Wanna bet?

Aid to Africa has increased rapidly under President Bush, but has been strictly targeted. His main initiative on aid, the Millennium Challenge Account, provides financial support for countries that can prove that they have cracked down on corruption and attempts to improve governance and security.

Oh the evil Bushchimp! Instead of pissing money away by writing large cheques to Swiss Banks any government official or NGO who asks for one, he actually wants to make sure the money is used effectively...

Still it will nice for Cherie who is going to make a few tens of thousands from some interviews and a talk - is she paying for her own ticket?

And I wonder if Tony will have time to actually pick up that Congressional Gold Medal he was awarded back in July 2003?

(He addressed the Congress to say - "Golly, thanks for voting to award it" - but he hasn't popped back to get it or thank them for it - I wonder why not...)


Comments

Paying for her own ticket?
Who cares provided she remembers her passport?

Anyway I'm happy to stump up the single fare on condition of no return.

"Aid to Africa has increased rapidly under President Bush, but has been strictly targeted. His main initiative on aid, the Millennium Challenge Account, provides financial support for countries that can prove that they have cracked down on corruption and attempts to improve governance and security."

Aid has increased to those countries that the USA believes are most likely to harbour their "enemies". Usually they're the ones that they've shit on in the past. Of course, they have to crack down on corruption and improve governances and security. Corruption, I accept that they have no hidden motive. Improving governance and security means cracking down on anyone who criticises the US or who may pose a threat if they hook up with some friendly international terrorists.

I don't condone terrorism but to be frank (and I don't mean Frank Butcher), the US have made things worse since their "war on terror". They've made themselves and anyone who supports them an even bigger target than before.

We shouldn't fight back it makes them more angry...

Spoken like a true coward wonkotsane.

Bush's wack-a-jihadi game should make a lasting genetic difference to the middle eastern males aggression.

"I don't condone terrorism but to be frank (and I don't mean Frank Butcher), the US have made things worse since their "war on terror". They've made themselves and anyone who supports them an even bigger target than before."

No shit, Sherlock. That's the point. He took the battlefield to the Middle East to prevent it from focusing on US soil. Remember 9/11? Or were you too busy navel-gazing then?

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