Tony Blankley

Britain's highly respected (until now) Chatham House, formerly known as the Royal Institute of International Affairs, announced their considered judgment last week that Britain's alliance with the United States in Iraq contributed to the cause of the terrorist strike on London a fortnight ago. The report then went on to pronounce that the key problem in Britain for preventing terrorism is that the country is "riding as a pillion passenger with the United States in the war on terror."

 What a vile, lying, contemptuous assertion. For those unfamiliar with the term, a pillion is a padded, woman's passenger seat on a motorcycle driven traditionally by a man. The British are riding as a "pillion passenger"?

 Tell that to the Royal Scots Dragoons, The Black Watch Regiment, The Irish Guard, the 7th Armoured Brigade, the Royal Highland Fusiliers, the 33rd Engineers Explosive Ordinance Disposal Regiment, the Royal Marines, The Special Air Service (special forces), the Staffordshire Regiment, The Royal Air Force, The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, and the many other British military units fighting and dying in Iraq and Afghanistan. Pillion passengers? My horse's backside! (and it's even wider than my own).

 According to the British newspaper The Guardian, Chatham House is staffed by "leading academics and former civil servants. " For such as these to disparage the flower of British manhood, which may yet again be the savior of the nation -- as it has countless times through her history -- is shameful.

 These unworthy heirs to an England that "Never did, nor never shall, Lie at the proud foot of a conqueror," to an England that is "this royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle, this earthly majesty, this seat of Mars," these unworthies, by their analysis and conclusions prove they have as little between their ears as they presumedly do between their legs.

 These hapless, hopeless "thinkers" are following in the foolish, timorous tradition of the European "neutrals" who were the object of Winston Churchill's wise but unheeded guidance back in January 1940.

 The Nazis had conquered Poland in the winter of 1939, and then paused to digest their meal. The French army and the British Expeditionary Force sat warily watching toward the East and waiting. It was the season of the Phony War, the Sitzkreig.


Tony Blankley

Tony Blankley, a conservative author and commentator who served as press secretary to Newt Gingrich during the 1990s, when Republicans took control of Congress, died Sunday January 8, 2012. He was 63.

Blankley, who had been suffering from stomach cancer, died Saturday night at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, his wife, Lynda Davis, said Sunday.

In his long career as a political operative and pundit, his most visible role was as a spokesman for and adviser to Gingrich from 1990 to 1997. Gingrich became House Speaker when Republicans took control of the U.S. House of Representatives following the 1994 midterm elections.

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