Blair quits, effective June 27th

And leaves with a quasi-apology for Iraq:

With stirring oratory cast as a personal testament, he declared: “I ask you to accept one thing. Hand on heart, I did what I thought was right. I may have been wrong. That’s your call. But believe one thing: I did what I thought was right for our country.”

Moran says we can do business with Gordon Brown, but that may be considerably less true now than it was even recently. The Brits are gasping for a breath of fresh air in their leadership as deeply as Americans are; with the GOP turning against Bush now on Iraq, Brown has no incentive to continue any intimate partnerships with the U.S. Not until 2009, anyway, at which point the Tories might well already have bounced him.

With Blair goes the most resonant voice among world leaders for democratizing the Middle East and waging a robust war on terror. Here are three of my favorite clips of his, all from last year; they tend to get lost in the shuffle of British leftist war-crimes-trial fantasies. Exit question: as one stalwart, eloquent European defender of western values exits, has another entered to take his place?

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David Strom 12:31 PM on December 07, 2022