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An Ally Remembers (A Tony Blair Book Review)
The Wall Street Journal ^ | 09-02-10 | MARTIN RUBIN

Posted on 09/01/2010 5:42:00 PM PDT by GOP_Lady

Defining 'New Labour,' defending the Iraq war, getting to know George W. Bush.

It is now painfully obvious that Tony Blair—the man who led Britain for a decade, who transformed the country's dully orthodox Labour Party into dashing, moderate "New Labour," who faced down parliamentary opponents with brio and eloquently defended the invasion of Iraq—is no longer much of a hero in his own country. Indeed, he is intensely disliked, not least for his loyalty to the "freedom agenda"—the idea that, after 9/11, Western democracies had a duty to face down tyrants like Saddam Hussein and end the threat they represented.

Americans, understandably, have less intense feelings about Mr. Blair. They may remember him most of all for articulating George W. Bush's foreign-policy ideas—especially the logic of the Iraq war—a bit more gracefully than Mr. Bush did. It was at such moments, in speeches and joint press conferences with Mr. Bush, that Mr. Blair made his greatest impression—as a loyal American ally and gifted orator.

But the man himself, not to mention the arc of his career, is unfamiliar to most Americans. "A Journey," his political memoir, is thus especially welcome. Luckily it is not one of those leaden bricks of official reminiscence. The tone is confiding, informal and forthright, though Mr. Blair has not given up his habit of handling certain matters in an on-the-one-hand/on-the-other sort of way.

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: allies; allyuk; blair; bookreview; bush43; tonyblair; wsj

1 posted on 09/01/2010 5:42:01 PM PDT by GOP_Lady
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"The Wall Street Journal" Ping List,

2 posted on 09/01/2010 5:42:42 PM PDT by GOP_Lady
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To: GOP_Lady

Blair helped by Murdoch Islamfied England. He is the biggest POS to ever rule England.

3 posted on 09/01/2010 5:45:12 PM PDT by Frantzie (Imam Ob*m* & Democrats support the VICTORY MOSQUE & TV supports Imam)
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To: Frantzie

I think that honour goes to William The Conqueror

4 posted on 09/01/2010 7:45:37 PM PDT by Mitch86
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To: Mitch86

William The Conqueror purposely flooded England with millions of Muslims to destroy the country and called anyone who opposed it a “racist”? Tony Blair did.

5 posted on 09/01/2010 7:55:37 PM PDT by Fingolfin
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To: Fingolfin

Tony Blair enacted a massive anglo-saxon genocide, instilled his own power structure - often at the expense of the existing nobility and introduced a complete and disproportionate tax overhaul that spared no-one? Because William The Conqueror did.

You lack a historical perspective my friend.

6 posted on 09/02/2010 7:53:43 AM PDT by Mitch86
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