A controversial world figure who is best known for his role in promoting the failed War in Iraq may be the next addition to President Donald Trump’s White House team.
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is reportedly under consideration for a position as a senior advisor in the White House. If the appointment moves forward, Blair would be advising the administration on issues relating to foreign policy and Middle Eastern peace negotiations.
In case you don’t remember, Blair was the British prime minister during the Iraq War. He convinced the British government to go along with former President George W. Bush’s misguided military adventure in Iraq. It ended up costing the Americans and the British an enormous price in both money and casualties. Almost every reasonable person agrees the Iraq War was a failure and that people like Blair and Bush are to blame.
So Trump wants to put one of the guys who helped start the Iraq War in charge of peace in the Middle East? That woulds like a terrible idea, but I guess we shouldn’t be surprised, coming from Trump.
Blair has apparently participated in a series of secret meetings with Jared Kushner, a Trump adviser and the husband of Trump’s daughter Ivanka. The Daily Mail reports:
Tony Blair has attended a secret meeting at the White House to discuss working for Donald Trump, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
The former Prime Minister held talks with Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner on Wednesday with a view to becoming a Middle East peace envoy for Trump.
This newspaper has learned that Blair and Kushner have met three times in secret since September, including their three-hour summit in the West Wing last week.
If Trump gives Blair the new role, it would mark an astonishing international comeback for the man whose reputation was left in tatters after the Iraq War.
And it would be a major setback to Theresa May’s hopes of forging her own ‘special relationship’ with Trump, especially as former Ukip leader Nigel Farage is already a close confidant of the President.
In addition to the new reports about Tony Blair, it is equally concerning that Ivanka’s husband Jared is holding so much influence over foreign policy discussions. He has no experience in that field, as the Daily Mail points out:
Trump’s decision to put 36-year-old Kushner in charge of efforts to revive the peace process, which collapsed in 2014, raised eyebrows in Washington as the property investor has no experience of high-level diplomacy. Middle East experts said Kushner was almost unknown to Israeli business and political figures and has had no dealings whatsoever with Palestinians.
Trump denied his son-in-law’s appointment broke US anti-nepotism laws, saying Kushner, an Orthodox Jew who is the grandson of Holocaust survivors, ‘knows the region, knows the people, knows the players’.