In memoirs, Blair says he "can't regret" Iraq War
Tony Blair’s memoirs, “A Journey,“ hit bookstore shelves in the U.K. today. After months of pre-release coverage — from the fuss over its title to the controversy surrounding the donation of its profits — the public can finally chew on the former British prime minister’s words for themselves. Or they can just read the newspapers. The book’s revelations were splashed on front pages across the country this morning. Here’s three subjects making headlines:
In what The Guardian calls an “emotional chapter“ on the Iraq War, Blair writes that he “can’t regret the decision to go to war.“ Furthermore, he says he never anticipated the protracted struggle for the country that followed. “The truth is we did not anticipate the role of al-Qaida or Iran. Whether we should have is another matter; and if we had anticipated, what we would have done about it is another matter again." Blair writes that because Saddam Hussein had the intent to use WMD’s, he cannot apologize for joining with the United States to go to war.
2. President Bush
“I was asked recently which of the political leaders I had met had most integrity: I listed George near the top. In what was a fairly liberal audience, some people were aghast. Others tittered, thinking I was joking. But I meant it. He had genuine integrity, and as much political courage as any leader I ever met...He was, in a bizarre sense (bizarre because it appears counterintuitive), a true idealist in the transformative power of democracy."
3. Gordon Brown
Of his successor: “Analytical intelligence, absolutely. Emotional intelligence, zero. Gordon is a strange guy. But by the end I had come to see that this was not the fundamental problem. (He had and has a sort of endearing charm in the strangeness.) The fundamental problem was he simply did not understand the appeal of New Labour, in anything other than a polling, ’strategy,’ election-winning sort of way.“
September 1, 2010; 5:53 AM ET
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