Former aide says Tony Blair was pressured by Murdoch not to delay Iraq invasion

Samantha 2012/06/16 03:04:43
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch allegedly telephoned then-British Prime Minister Tony Blair on March 11, 2003 — eight days before the U.S. invasion of Iraq — and urged him not to do anything that could delay the start of the conflict.

The allegation appears in the diaries of Blair’s former communications director, Alastair Campbell, excerpts of which have been appearing in The Guardian.

As summarized by the Associated Press, Blair told Campbell that he “felt the Murdoch call was odd, not very clever.” Both men suspected that the call “was prompted by Washington, and another example of their over-crude diplomacy.”

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  • A Founding Father 2012/06/16 04:56:43
    A Founding Father
    Could it be that Murdoch's financial backers, the Saudi Royal Family, had an interest in assuring that the Iraqui oil pipeline to the ocean port was never completed so that Sadam Hussein might affect the price of world oil? Oh, no, that couldn't be, could it? GWB and Dick Cheney wouldn't allow themselves to take part in any such scheme as that!!! Rupert was just acting on his own, wanting a good story for his Faux News Network to work on.
  • Samantha A Found... 2012/06/18 21:36:57
    It's a fascinating story and I'm confident we'll never know the real details.
  • A Found... Samantha 2012/06/18 21:45:09
    A Founding Father
    Probably not. But, Haliburton Corp. now has control of the pipeline (it just "trickles" a little bit of oil every day), Saddam was hanged so as to not be reelected to his office, and OPEC and the Saudis remain in control of world oil prices. Seems it worked out pretty well for all the parties involved in the circumstance at the beginning. The cost to the U.S.? Oh, not much, just what any friend would do for the Saudi Royal Family if asked.
  • Samantha A Found... 2012/06/19 16:09:52
    I don't recall the title but there was a book about the close relationship between the Bush family and the Saudi royal family.
  • A Found... Samantha 2012/06/19 20:46:13 (edited)
    A Founding Father
    Cheney was the link to the Royal Family, through his "very close" ties to the Prince that is Rupert Murdoch's partner in Fox media and News Corporation. Cheney visited the Prince at this Aspen, Co. digs every few weeks throughout the eight years of his power position in the Govy. If they sleep together, do you think they must think alike, or just discuss "Haliburton business"?
  • HarleyCharley 2012/06/16 03:07:42

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