The next time someone mentions sacrifice and leadership, make sure you point out that you have lived through one of history’s greatest leaders, and then point across the Atlantic Ocean to #10 Downing Street.
Tony Blair essentially sacrificed his political future and his political agenda to do what he believes is right in Iraq, delivering a 412-149 vote in Parliament earlier today. Very few Americans seem to be aware how wounded the Labour leader is in his own country. Miracles do happen, and perhaps Blair will survive, but you have to realize that there is now a prominent place in American history for Tony Blair, somewhere near Churchill and Thatcher.
And as a frequent Clinton-basher, I should probably take the time to thank Bill Clinton, whose personal lobbying on behalf of Blair helped him in the last 48 hours.
Tony Blair’s support is the best pro-war argument I know. (Bush, to be blunt, is a liar–e.g., Niger uranium.)
So is Clinton but he bombed Iraq too. Were you saying the same thing then?
My neighbor, who knew Clinton a long time ago, told us in 92 that anything we ever heard about him and a woman was true. So, sure, I knew BJ was lying.
But not on taking us to war. On foreign policy, he was pretty straight up.