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“Gobsmacked” is a good English word that’s gaining ground in America, I’ve read. If it’s not familiar to you, it means “very surprised or otherwise affected,” like someone who has been unexpectedly smacked in the gob, or mouth. I’ve recently been gobsmacked not once but twice by a Scottish journalist called Stephen Daisley. Corbyn’s a... Read More
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Skripalgate is the latest chapter in Russiagate
At least since the time of Marcus Tullius Cicero in the late Roman Republic everyone has certainly understood that politicians lie all the time. To be sure, President Donald Trump has been exceptional in that he has followed through on some of the promises he made in his campaign, insisting periodically that he has to... Read More
Sir John Chilcot, a member of the British establishment and also a member of the Butler Inquiry, the responsibility of which was to determine if the so-called “intelligence” used as the excuse for the US/UK invasion of Saddam Hussein’s Iraq was “fixed” to justify the invasion, has, after seven years of delay, finally issued the... Read More
Denunciations of Tony Blair as the evil architect of Britain’s involvement in the Iraq War often dominate discussions of what happened there and many will look to the Chilcot inquiry to provide further evidence of his guilt. But the demonisation of Mr Blair is excessive and simple-minded and diverts attention from what really happened in... Read More
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By an accident of history, the Chilcot inquiry on the Iraq War is appearing at a critical moment in British history. The war was the first great test this century of the ability of the British powers-that-be to govern intelligently and successfully and one which they demonstrably failed. The crisis provoked by the vote to... Read More
Normally anybody who criticises Jeremy Corbyn is guaranteed knee-jerk support by the British media which apparently feels that it does not even have to pretend to be non-partisan when it comes to the Labour leader. The only political figure similarly subjected to automatic demonisation is Tony Blair, so when he fiercely attacked Corbyn last week... Read More
Usually when politicians apologize it’s because they have been caught doing something wrong, or they are about to be caught. Such was likely the case with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who recently offered an “apology” for the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Blair faces the release of a potentially damning report on his government’s... Read More
The former PM's mind has been paralysed by what happened in 2003
What is striking about Tony Blair’s latest comments about his role in the Iraq War is how little he had learnt about the country in the 12 years since the invasion. It could be added, however, that his accusers have not learned much either. He conflates two events that should be looked at separately. He... Read More
Tony Blair stepping down as a Middle East peace envoy after eight years was greeted almost everywhere with a mixture of harsh criticism, derision and relief. He had reportedly long been allocating three days a month to the job and devoting the rest of his time to his business interests. Blair is a member of... Read More
To have any relevance, the Chilcot inquiry should extend its brief to cover all UK military interventions since the alliance
The decision to keep secret the full correspondence between George W Bush and Tony Blair instead of allowing the Chilcot inquiry to publish it has been rightly pilloried as a self-serving, dishonest attempt by politicians and civil servants to conceal their role in a disastrous war in Iraq. By focusing public attention on exchanges between... Read More
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The former prime minister's intervention on radical Islam was aimed at all the wrong targets
Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of the core group of al-Qa'ida, may well chortle in disbelief if he reads a translation of Tony Blair's latest speech on the Middle East delivered last week. If Blair's thoughts are used as a guide to action, then the main beneficiaries will be al-Qa'ida-type jihadist movements. Overall, his speech is... Read More
Looking at the way this post scans on this site and over at Counterpunch, it occurs to me that I should have blockquoted the excerpts from the HRW report to make it clear they were direct quotes and not my paraphrases. So I've done that! Further my speculation that Edward Snowden, as a CIA guy,... Read More
Britain's Neo-Conservative
The case against Tony Blair has revolved too much around his good faith and too little around his competence. The placards held up by protestors on Friday as he gave evidence should have read “sucker” and “dope” rather than “Bliar”. Amateurs have a fluency denied to professionals because they see no “ifs” and “buts” which... Read More
Henry Kissinger once sarcastically asked whom he should call in Europe if the world caught fire. However nasty, Henry the K was right. At the time, the EU had no recognizable chief. That has been the EU's problem since birth. The EU's power and identity were fragmented between its vast, Kafkaesque Brussels bureaucracy, the European... Read More
The noted British parliamentarian Enoch Powell famously observed, “all political careers end in failure.” Never has Powell's grim maxim been more poignantly demonstrated than in Tony Blair's announcement last week that he will resign at the end of June as Britain's prime minister. Blair's decade in office was marked by many successes and often demonstrated... Read More
Tony gets ready to weasel.
It is, of course, very obnoxious to say "I told you so." Sometimes, however, the temptation is irresistible. I shall do my best to resist it here, but I don't guarantee success. Last October I posted a piece to this site titled "TheAnglosphere Goes to War." In it, I wondered aloud just how far Tony... Read More