Well I miss him

Back when men were men and unafraid to state the truth.

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Just in time for the “Summer of George,” London’s Daily Telegraph brings us this anecdote:

George W Bush did not recognise the prime minister of Belgium or understand why he was at a G8 meeting, Tony Blair has disclosed.

In his new book, A Journey, Mr Blair writes that the former US president was confused by the presence of Guy Verhofstadt at the 2001 G8 summit in Genoa.

“He didn’t know or recognise Guy, whose advice he listened to with considerable astonishment,” Mr Blair writes. “He then turned to me and whispered, ‘Who is this guy?’ ‘He is the prime minister of Belgium,’ I said.

“Belgium? George said, clearly aghast at the possible full extent of his stupidity. ‘Belgium is not part of the G8.’ ”

Mr Blair explained to Mr Bush that Mr Verhofstadt was there as “president of Europe.” Belgium held the presidency of the EU council at the time.

Mr Bush responded: “You got the Belgians running Europe?” before shaking his head, “now aghast at our stupidity,” Mr Blair writes.

Don’t you miss having a president who showed foreign leaders the respect they were due?

Somewhere, there’s a Monty Python skit on the friggin’ Belgians, but I’m too lazy to dig it up. Suffice that GWB is not the first to give the country no respect.


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13 responses to “Well I miss him

  1. Inagua

    I miss the 4,400 dead soldiers and the trillion dollars Bush wasted in Iraq.

  2. Greenwich Gal

    Thanks Bored at Work – that was hilarious.

  3. Anon E. Moose


    By CBO calculations the Iraq War 2003-2010 cost $709 Billion.

    The Democratic Stimulus (2008) cost $814 Billion. Obamacare was sold with a (laughably low) price tag of under $1 Trillion. The Federal defecit in each of 2009 and 2010 (ex Iraq spending) exceeds the total monetary cost of 7 years in Iraq.

    Spare me the aria about how much BDS victims like yourself lament the sums of money spent.

  4. pulled up in OG

    $709B – more likely $2 – $3T when all is said and done.

    Not bad for a $50 – $60B investment.

  5. Pierre Bergé, Nom de Plume

    A better estimate for Iraq War is $3 trillion. See entry on Wikipedia:
    Indirect and delayed costs
    According to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report published in October 2007, the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan could cost taxpayers a total of $2.4 trillion dollars by 2017 when counting the huge interest costs because combat is being financed with borrowed money. The CBO estimated that of the $2.4 trillion long-term price tag for the war, about $1.9 trillion of that would be spent on Iraq, or $6,300 per U.S. citizen.[9][10]

    Stiglitz, former chief economist of the World Bank and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, has stated the total costs of the Iraq War on the US economy will be three trillion dollars in a moderate scenario, and possibly more in the most recent published study, published in March 2008.[11] Stiglitz has stated: “The figure we arrive at is more than $3 trillion. Our calculations are based on conservative assumptions…Needless to say, this number represents the cost only to the United States. It does not reflect the enormous cost to the rest of the world, or to Iraq.”[11]

    The extended combat and equipment loss have placed a severe financial strain on the U.S Army, causing the elimination of non-essential expenses such as travel and civilian hiring.[12][13]

  6. Anonymous

    Who were we at war with in the Iraq War? – not the Iraqis – Al Qaeda – Iraq was a proxy for our battle with those sons of bitches. I’ll argue that till the end.

  7. Inagua

    Mr. Moose,

    How does the fact that Obama wastes more money than Bush lessen Bush’s responsibility? In addition to the War in Iraq, Bush wasted huge sums on the prescription drug benefit, no child left behind, the 2008 stimulus, TARP, and the auto loans.

  8. It was his idea

    Also from Tony Blair’s new book:

    “One of the most ludicrous caricatures of George is that he was a dumb idiot who stumbled into the presidency”.

    I agree. He was smart. He also surrounded himself with people equally smart or smarter. Unlike our current president who prefers to be the smartest person in the room. How’s that working out for everyone?

  9. Cos Cobber

    Inagua, is that your enormous yacht parked in front of the Delamar this evening? I think I saw the name of the vessel as Inagua.

  10. Inagua


    Inagua is an island in the Bahamas with the best bonefishing in the world. Because accomodations on the island are very limited, some bonefishermen come by boat. I wouldn’t be surprised if a fellow fanatic named a boat after the place.