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Prince Andrew rebukes Pres Bush over Iraq disaster

by The3rdColumn Mon Feb 4th, 2008 at 08:04:23 PM EST

In an unprecedented move, Prince Andrew, 4th in line to the British throne, had some harsh words for the Americans over the Iraq war disaster.

According to the International Herald Tribune, From Prince Andrew, critical words for the U.S. on Iraq

While Prince Andrew declares himself a fan of the United States - and his cellphone ring tone comes from the American TV drama "24" - the man who is fourth in line to the British throne has some critical words for America's Iraq policy and thinks that Washington should have listened to advice from London.

In a rare Buckingham Palace interview ahead of his departure Tuesday for a 10-day U.S. trip to support British business, the prince described the United States as Britain's No. 1 ally but conceded that relations were in a trough. There are, he added, "occasions when people in the U.K. would wish that those in responsible positions in the U.S. might listen and learn from our experiences."

The Duke of York's criticism aimed at President Bush's handling of post invasion Iraq will undoubtedly jolt many in the British political 'Establishment' as well as opinion writers like Mathew Parris of The Times (Parris is one of those writers who believe they are the only people who have the right to be vocal about certain politicial issues) and a few mainstream media writers like him who will think that Andrew has gone overboard or that he has no business making his political thoughts known, particularly when they involve number one ally, the US.

Prince Andrew, Britain's general trade ambassador par excellence (he's been globe trotting these last many years hunting juicy contracts on behalf of UK industries, eg., defence, etc.) will surely be at the receiving end of a lot of flak not only from folks at home but also from allies on the other side of the pond even before he steps on that plane en route to the US in support of British business. I have no doubt that he's been made aware that he will be walking on a tight rope, but what the heck! The man is bloody right!

"If you are looking at colonialism, if you are looking at operations on an international scale, if you are looking at understanding each other's culture, understanding how to operate in a military insurgency campaign - we have been through them all," he said. "We've won some, lost some, drawn some. The fact is there is quite a lot of experience over here which is valid and should be listened to."


The fallout from Iraq has fueled, the prince argues, "healthy skepticism" toward what is said in Washington, and a feeling of "why didn't anyone listen to what was said and the advice that was given."

After all, British views had been sought - "it's not as if we had been forcing that across the Atlantic."

A tit-for-tat? Prince Andrew's criticism of Pres Bush's handling of the Iraq war comes at the heel of US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates' own unprecedented accusation that Britain and other close allies fighting in southern Afghanistan lack experience in counter-insurgency warfare. In my book, Pres Bush greatly deserves the criticism and coming from a Falklands War veteran, Americans will be hard put to say that Prince Andrew is wrong.

It's time to call a spade a spade!

I'm one of those people who hold the opinion that the situation in Iraq is very beneficial to certain US interests.

After all, the defence supply industry is certainly working overtime. Where do all those millions of bullets come from ? And the compnies privileged to work in "partnership" with the Imperial authority, such as Halliburton and Bechtel (?) are really making money.

Also, the DC-based security industry, established to feed upon the frenzy of fear that exists inside the Beltway. Helping to bug this, monitor that, observe the other.

C-cubed-I is the buzzword ; Command, Control, Communications & Intelligence. Washington'[s burbs are overrun with start upcompanies promising this that and the other. All of them being fed the very best corporate welfare candy straight from the White House.

George's base remember ? The haves and the have-mores are doing really well out of Iraq. What's not to like ? After all, it's only poor people who are dumb enough to go over there and fight....but they're expendable and there's 300 million more where they came from....snuk

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Feb 5th, 2008 at 11:49:58 AM EST
Britain is clearly the underdog in the unholy alliance that binds US, UK and other nations who went with Bush to Iraq. Frankly am not convinced that Britain's foregn intelligence services are wholly independent of US.
by The3rdColumn on Wed Feb 6th, 2008 at 02:18:52 PM EST
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Not 'wholly independent of US'? That must be the understatement of the day.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Feb 6th, 2008 at 07:24:18 PM EST
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Looks like British Establishment is not happy with Prince Andrew's criticism of US "policy" in Iraq: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2008/02/06/nduke106.xml
by The3rdColumn on Thu Feb 7th, 2008 at 12:26:00 AM EST

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