Will Mr Blair’s falling revenues now be boosted?
The junior architect of Middle Eastern chaos advises US Republicans that another US-led effort to preserve ‘our values’ is needed – and receives three standing ovations.
The Guardian reports that, according to a source present, Tony Blair, introduced by his tweeting friend, Senator John McCain (above), addressed a closed-door strategy session attended by nearly 300 Republican senators and congressmen.
On January 6, the FT recorded in detail the findings – and obfuscations – of the most recent set of accounts filed by companies set up by former prime minister Tony Blair, after leaving Downing Street in 2007 and embarking on a ‘post-Westminster career as an adviser to the rich and powerful around the globe’.
There is an umbrella group, Tony Blair Associates, which is comprised of two separate business ventures, Windrush and Firerush (and their subsidiaries Windrush Ventures No. 1, Windrush Ventures No. 2, Firerush Ventures No.1 and Firerush Ventures No. 2.), representing his advice to governments and companies and sovereign wealth funds, respectively.
Windrush Ventures Ltd (advice to governments) announced a 50%+ fall compared with last year’s takings. The other accounts issued by Tony Blair’s office (here) are described as ‘opaque’ by the FT’s Jim Pickard.
A 2009 Guardian critique in which this graphic appears may be read here.
Handwashing – not our fault gov
Blair reportedly argued that countries in the west didn’t cause radical Islam and the terrorism associated with it, but were caught up in it (frequent applause).
Be tolerant, or else . . .
The ‘hawks’ in the party who were said to believe that the White House response to recent attacks has been too limited will have welcomed his assertion that force would be needed – especially if used within his proposed “global alliance to teach tolerance”.
Justifying dubious connections
Mr Blair, who is said to be earning £41,000 a month from PetroSaudi, an oil company with links to the ruling Saudi royal family, said it was hard to be successful “unless you had allies within Islam itself”.
Boosting arms manufacturers
According to the witness, Blair said radical Islam was a perverted ideology that justified the use of force against those of other religions or Muslims who interpreted their faith differently. It was hostile to “us and our values”, he claimed, and though some want to negotiate with it or ignore it, neither of those approaches would work and it had to be confronted.
Tony Blair was said to be hopeful about the prospect of building further alliances in the Middle East between US-backed Israel and the Arab states against radical Islam, arguing that many Islamic leaders in recent years had come to understand that they too were the targets of radical Islam.
Appealing to hubris – his and theirs
He concluded that America would have to play a leading role in what he thought would be a “generational” struggle and urged the Republicans present not to disengage and to rise to the task (applause).
Sadly, the congressional staff members present at the meeting greeted Blair with standing ovations after he was introduced, at the conclusion of his remarks and after a brief question-and-answer session.
Posted on January 16, 2015, in Conflict of interest, Corporate political nexus, Democracy undermined, Finance, Government, Planning, Revolving door, Reward for failure, Secret State, Vested interests and tagged Blair standing ovations, Firerush Ventures, Middle Eastern chaos, PetroSaudi, radical Islam, Republicans, Senator John McCain, Tony Blair, Tony Blair Associates, Windrush Ventures. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.