In The Line Of Fire

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It lost big in 1991, but Iraq’s army is still much tougher than the Taliban

Afghanistan was a good war for Tony Blair: a chance to shine on the world stage and remind voters at home, who have been crabbing about still-rotten hospitals and trains, of his decisiveness and capacity to lead. Now the task of standing shoulder to shoulder with George W. Bush risks turning Blair into a contortionist. As Bush marches with apparent enthusiasm toward a war with Iraq, the British public is grabbing Blair by the ankles and saying, "Slow down." A new MORI poll for TIME shows a sharp drop in public approval of Blair's handling of the response to Sept. 11,...

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