September 1st, 2010
12:07 PM ET
12 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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  1. Brett Favre's Fan (a.k.a. ybs)


    Can't just shift the blame to Cheney, cowards.

    You were in charge & you made the wrong decision! When will you admit your mistakes?

    40,000 brave men & women got killed and injured. Iran is now on the verge of becoming a nuclear state!

    Despite what the media tried to project, Princes William & Harry, have never served on the 'real' front line!

    Cowards are cowards & you can't hide.

    September 1, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  2. Padraig

    I wasn't a big Bush fan (either of them) but he was far better than Obama. One difference is arrogance. In comparison Bush has none and Obama has it all.

    September 1, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  3. mike

    Tony Blair is just another bush in the UK he was in lock step with the dick head cheny you see a solid leader that would have not put us in the mess we are in how come it takes people like Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton,Al gore,Hillary Clinton to help american citizens that were released in north Korea if we are in a global society we need leaders that are willing to talk not fight or this country will go broke name one republican that has done the same for the american people on his own time

    September 1, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. NYT:"during this election cycle big oil has paid 12.8 million in contributions, 71% to Republicans"!


    What else can be expected from a Yale ex-head cheerleader, that is a simplistic simpleton?

    September 1, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  5. blue

    Simple says it all, but I would add a drunk and drug user to his behavior. If he had been able to think clearly, we would have never gone into Iraq.

    September 1, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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