Blair refuses to travel to US to pick up Bush war honour
US President George W. Bush has put huge pressure on his closest ally to pick up the medal in person.
“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.”
Blair is concerned also that a trip to the United States now would effectively be giving a boost to Bush ahead of November’s presidential elections.