The Price Of Loyalty

His allies in Washington need more British troops. But his generals are reluctant to send them. For Tony Blair, the pain of being George W. Bush's best foreign friend grows ever more acute. The latest run of bad news started last week with an open letter from 52 retired senior diplomats, blasting the British Prime Minister for following too meekly in Bush's footsteps, both in endorsing Israel's plan to impose unilateral terms in the West Bank and Gaza, and in doing nothing visible to shift the American approach to the occupation of Iraq. "If [British influence] is unacceptable or unwelcome [in...

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