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Wednesday, October 20, 2004

More On Blair and Bush

Hat Tip: Balloon Juice, http://www.balloon-juice.com/archives/004470.html

This LA Times article chronicles the special relationship between Blair and Bush, addressing some of the issues I mentioned in the previous post. It is an unequal alliance, but perhaps loyalty and conviction are what it comes down to:


On Sept. 11, 2001, an electric shock transformed the relationship. It was as if it had been forged in a furnace and was now unbreakable.Through everything that followed, Blair was determined to preserve that relationship. His critics — some of them in his own Cabinet — believed that he sacrificed judgment for it. When Blair's hopes of a negotiated solution to the Iraq crisis through the United Nations faltered and died in the winter 2002, part of his mind was already reconciled to war. In conversation, he comes back again and again to 9/11. It was the moment leaders had to think the unthinkable. He lost friends, ministers and many voters by the way he aligned himself with Bush.


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