An AP story yesterday showed that former President Carter has taken off the gloves.
Calling the Bush administration “the worst in history” in international relations (talk about stating the obvious!), Carter also had this to say about British prime minister Tony Blair’s support of Bush: “Abominable. Loyal. Blind. Apparently subservient.”
Remember the clip of Bush holding court at the G8 Summit with his dinner roll falling out of his mouth? Here’s a link to the video to refresh your recollection. What is striking to me about this video is not Bush’s poor table manners or his use of the s-word (the guy is human, after all), but what it clearly shows about the nature of the Bush-Blair relationship. Blair comes off as nothing more than a lapdog – as Carter says, “subservient”.
It will be interesting to see how the global landscape changes in the post-Blair era. If only it could have happened a few years ago.