Saturday, November 18, 2006

A disaster? No, really? You do say.


In an interview on Al Jazeera, Tony Blair agrees with David Frost that Iraq has been a “disaster,” saying, “It has, but you see what I say to people is why is it difficult in Iraq? It’s not difficult because of some accident in planning, it’s difficult because there’s a deliberate strategy - al-Qa’ida with Sunni insurgents on one hand, Iranian-backed elements with Shia militias on the other - to create a situation in which the will of the majority for peace is displaced by the will of the minority for war.” That’s just so wonderfully Blairish, how he makes it sound like he’s offering some profound insight, when what he’s actually saying is just that war is a lot easier if no one fights back.

George Bush, meanwhile, is still in Hanoi, and honestly, if he just remembers which Koreans are the “good guys” and which ones are the “bad guys,” we’ll consider ourselves lucky. Fortunately, after meeting the South Korean president, Bush said, “We had a discussion like you would expect allies to have a discussion.” Sounds very alliancy.

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