Monday, August 23, 2004

Blair Refuses To Accept Award in US

Not just any award, but the Congressional Medal of Honor:
..."There has been a lot of telephone traffic between the White House and Downing Street over the medal in recent week," the Sunday Mirror quoted a senior government source as saying.

"George Bush wants the prime minister to come to Washington and pick up the medal, which is the highest honour America can bestow on a foreigner.

"But he has refused for more than a year now and for good reason. He cannot possibly accept an award for the Iraq war when British and American troops continue to risk their lives there."

Mr Blair is concerned also that a trip to the US now would effectively be giving a boost to Bush ahead of November's presidential elections...

Ah yes, politics.

UPDATE: Thanks to Richard in the comments for sharing that the Congressional Medal of Honor only goes to members of the U.S. Military. It's been given out since 1861. Details on the medal here. That will teach me to believe what the U.K. Sunday Mirror prints. Murdoch.

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