Bush Finds the Right Words For Jimmy Carter's Nasty Attacks
“It’s a shameful and pitiful state of affairs and I hold your British Prime Minister to be substantially responsible for being so compliant and subservient.”
Then again in May, 2007, Jimmy Carter said:
Mr Carter told the BBC Mr Blair’s backing for US President George W Bush had been “apparently subservient”.
He said the UK’s “almost undeviating” support for “the ill-advised policies of President Bush in Iraq have been a major tragedy for the world”.
His comments came as Mr Blair paid what is likely to be his last visit to Iraq.
Today after Tony’s “Long Blairwell“, President Bush remarked on the repulsive attacks on his good friend and staunch ally:
“I’ve heard he’s been called Bush’s poodle,” the president said of Blair, who has been heavily criticised in Britain for his decision to stand by the United States first in its invasion of Iraq in 2003, and later in its refusal to criticise Israel for its bombing of Lebanon last summer.
“He’s bigger than that. This is just background noise, a distraction from big things. This kind of thing is just silly ridicule and that’s how I treat it.”
Perfect timing- Perfect delivery.
This time Bush was the smooth talker.