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Bush and Blair, Not Unplugged

Monday, July 17, 2006  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

So President Bush and Prime Minister Blair were talking near an open microphone.  Here’s where the unguarded Bush put the blame for the current crisis:

Bush was talking privately to British Prime Minister Tony Blair during a lunch at the Group of Eight summit in St Petersburg about an upsurge of violence in the Middle East, not realizing a microphone was transmitting what he said.

“I think Condi (Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice) is going to go pretty soon,” Bush said.

Blair replied: “Right, that’s all that matters, it will take some time to get that together.” Rice said on Sunday she was thinking of going to the Middle East if it would help.

Blair said Rice has “got to succeed” if she goes to the region.  Bush replied: “What they need to do is to get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this sh–.”

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