- ISIL creates all-female brigade to terrorize women into following Sharia law
- ISTOOK: Obama wants to be impeached
- Obama to Latin leaders: Help with border
- Military bans troops from Baptist church event honoring ‘God’s Rescue Squad’
- ‘Pocket drones’: U.S. Army developing tiny surveillance tools for the next big war
- Belgian cafe posts sign: Dogs allowed, but Jews stay out
- Gen. Dempsey: Pentagon studying Russian readiness plans not viewed ‘for 20 years’
- John McCain: Botched, two-hour execution of murderer is ‘torture’
- House GOP ready to move border bill
- Bomb squad called after live WWII artillery washes on Cape Cod beach
Question of the Day
A former British ambassador who served in Washington through the critical years before the Iraq war gave rave reviews Thursday to the new book by President George W. Bush, calling “Decision Points” interesting and readable “with frequent flashes of humor.”
Christopher Meyer, who wrote about his own years here in a titillating book called “D.C. Confidential,” said the former president is looking for vindication in the memoir of his two terms in the White House that were shaped by the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, about eight months after his first inauguration.
“The book reads like the man speaks,” Mr. Meyer said in the British magazine, the Spectator. “This is an interesting and readable book, which clips along in short, spare sentences with frequent flashes of humor.”
Mr. Blair, a Labor Party leader, was the Republican president’s most reliable ally in the war that toppled the brutal regime of Iraq’s Saddam Hussein but later damaged the reputations of both men, as the conflict lingered on without the prized discovery of stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction.
“Like Blair, Bush is unrepentant about removing Saddam Hussein, but a good deal franker about the things that went wrong,” Mr. Meyer said. “It was a ‘big mistake’ to declare ‘Mission Accomplished’ after the taking of Baghdad; the U.S. was not adequately prepared for the disorder that followed; it was a mistake to disband the Iraqi army; above all, the intelligence on weapons of mass destruction was false, ‘a massive blow to our credibility - my credibility.’ “
“This [book] allows [Mr. Bush] to present himself as he would like to be remembered: a leader unafraid to take tough decisions,” Mr. Meyer added. “However self-serving, … the book offers real insights into the workings of the White House and the dilemmas of policymaking.”
“He was anything but stupid; and his Texan provincialism would prove a political strength, not a weakness, in middle America,” Mr. Meyer recalled, adding that he predicted that Mr. Bush would probably defeat former Vice President Al Gore in the 2000 election.
“When I warned London that Bush might beat Gore, it was greeted with disbelief and, among the New Labor zealots in Downing Street, with irritation,” he wrote. “I was accused of a pro-Republican bias.”
In his own memoir released in 2005, Mr. Meyer recalled that Mr. Blair and other Labor leaders were “seduced” by American power. He also compared many members of Mr. Blair’s Cabinet to a “crowd of pygmies.”
JAMAICA IN NEW JERSEY
Jamaican Ambassador Audrey Marks is off again on a tour of American cities to promote her island nation.
Her latest destination is New Jersey, which has a surprisingly large number of Americans of Jamaican heritage. She leaves Friday to address the Rutgers University Law Center. Saturday she will be the keynote speaker at the Jamaica America Bar Association in Edison and visit Elsie Foster Dublin, the Jamaican-born deputy mayor of Highland Park.
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
James Morrison joined the The Washington Times in 1983 as a local reporter covering Alexandria, Va. A year later, he was assigned to open a Times bureau in Canada. From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Morrison was The Washington Times reporter in London, covering Britain, Western Europe and NATO issues. After returning to Washington, he served as an assistant foreign editor ...
- Embassy Row: India strikes back over diplomat's arrest
- Embassy Row: India 'shocked,' 'appalled' by consular officer's arrest
- Embassy Row: Wife of Christian held in Iran feels abandoned by Obama
- Wife of jailed U.S. Christian in Iran calls for White House help
- Senate debate: Is Santa Claus an American citizen?
Latest Blog Entries
TWT Video Picks
President wants everyone but himself to pay more
- U.S. evacuates embassy in Libya amid violent clashes between militias
- 'Pocket drones': U.S. Army developing tiny spies for the next big war
- Rahm Emanuel: Send illegal immigrant shelter kids to Chicago
- ISTOOK: Obama wants to be impeached
- NAPOLITANO: What if our democracy is a fraud?
- 'We're coming for you, Barack Obama': Top U.S. official discloses threat from ISIL terrorists
- Obama: U.S. should 'embrace an economic patriotism that says we rise or fall together'
- Ted Nugent loses second casino gig for 'racist remarks'
- Obama orders Pentagon advisers to Ukraine
- EDITORIAL: Obama's 'economic patriotism' means higher taxes
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world
Fighting in Iraq