September 5th, 2010
01:42 PM ET
4 years ago

Tony Blair on Bill Clinton's 'potentially sexual element'

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair writes in his new book about former President Bill Clinton’s ‘curiosity.’
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair writes in his new book about former President Bill Clinton’s ‘curiosity.’

(CNN) - Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was hesitant in an interview broadcast on Sunday to explain a passage from his new book that referenced a "potentially sexual element" to former President Bill Clinton's "curiosity about people."

"I was also convinced that his [Clinton's] behavior arose in part from his inordinate interest in and curiosity about people. In respect of men it was expressed in friendship. In respect of women there was potentially a sexual element," Blair wrote in his new book, entitled "A Journey: My Political Life"

On ABC's "This Week," Blair told Christiane Amanpour, "if I try explaining it [what he wrote] I'll get into difficulty."

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Filed under: Bill Clinton • Tony Blair
September 5th, 2010
10:22 AM ET
4 years ago

Blair defends Iraq decision, tough on Iran

Tony Blair on Sunday defended the decision in invade Iraq.
Tony Blair on Sunday defended the decision in invade Iraq.

(CNN) – As the United States ended its combat mission in Iraq, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, America's biggest ally at the outset of the war, said the decision to invade Iraq was a necessary one.

Sanctions against Saddam Hussein were being "watered down," and if the former Iraqi dictator hadn't been removed, there would've been other consequences, Blair said on ABC's "This Week."

However, Blair, whose memoir "A Journey" was released last week, wasn't without some regrets.

"You can't not have regrets about the lives lost," Blair said. "I mean, you would be inhuman if you didn't regret the death of so many extraordinary, brave and committed soldiers, of civilians that have died in Iraq, or die still now in Afghanistan. And of course you feel an enormous responsibility for that, not just regret."

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Filed under: issues • Tony Blair
September 1st, 2010
12:07 PM ET
4 years ago

Blair: Bush world view had 'immense simplicity'

London, England (CNN) - Former U.S. President George W. Bush was a "true idealist" who displayed "genuine integrity and political courage," former British prime minister Tony Blair reveals in his memoirs.

Detailing the close professional and personal relationship which developed between the two leaders in the wake of the 2001 terror attacks in the U.S. and during the build-up to the Iraq war in 2003, Blair writes that Bush was "very smart" while having "immense simplicity in how he saw the world."

"Right or wrong, it led to decisive leadership... he sincerely believed in spreading freedom and democracy," he writes in "A Journey;" which hit book stores in the UK on Wednesday.

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Filed under: George W. Bush • Tony Blair