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June 19, 2007

Getting It

Tony Blair gets it:

Very shortly before the war, in early 2003, there was an Anglo-French summit. Over lunch, Jacques Chirac warned the Prime Minister that he knew what to expect because the French President had been a young soldier in Algeria. Sir Stephen Wall, a former ambassador and one of Blair's senior advisers, was privy to this conversation. He recalls Chirac telling Blair that there would be a civil war in Iraq. 'We came out and Tony Blair rolled his eyes and said, "Poor old Jacques, he doesn't get it, does he?"'

The obvious question here is: what exactly is the "it" that Chirac didn't get? I assume it is "hundreds of his own citizens and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis killed." Chirac just didn't get it.

Posted at June 19, 2007 03:23 PM | TrackBack

I think "it" was "a lasting friendship with the most important person of the early 21st Century." Poor Jacques will never be one of the kool kids.

Posted by: hedgehog at June 19, 2007 11:52 PM

He didn't get that it had nothing to do with the winnability of the war or the well-being of the people or the troops: it was and is about the oil and the military contracts and robbing the taxpayers.

Posted by: DBK at June 20, 2007 08:44 AM

DBK: They ALWAYS miss that part. Ya tell 'em and tell 'em, over and over, yet they NEVER seem to see it. Sometimes they seem to catch on and even talk about the ever important OIL, then, just as suddenly, it fades. (I suppose it's another case of "can't see the forest for the trees")

Posted by: Mike Meyer at June 20, 2007 09:11 PM