A Very Good War, So Far

Even before the northern Alliance started routing the Taliban, two-thirds of British voters backed the way Tony Blair has been handling things; in the U.S., people feel more warmly toward him than any public figure besides Colin Powell — including President Bush.

Articulate and energetic, he has parlayed a small investment of fighting forces into a big boost in his own stature and Britain's place in Europe.

But the scope of his war aims is astonishing: not only to beat al-Qaeda but revive the Middle East peace process, tackle "grinding poverty and pandemic...

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