Running on Empty


HURRY UP: Blair — seen here talking on al-Jazeera International — leaves office next year, and would like to extract something good from the morass in Iraq

It's like watching an aging rocker with too much ego back onstage: the old flashy moves may evoke the glory days but no longer convince. I accept that Tony Blair sincerely wants peace in Iraq and the broader Middle East, and that for the few months remaining in his premiership, he shouldn't just sit around. But his foreign-policy speech at the 404 Not Found

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Guildhall last week, followed by videolink testimony to the Baker-Hamilton commission in Washington that's tasked with somehow extricating the U.S. from Iraq, makes me think Blair's remarkable self-belief, so often his most potent tool, is...

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