19 October 2006
Blair's face saver: if America leaves Iraq, so does Britain.
Tony Blair has announced that British forces could be out of Iraq within a year. What, wonders the cynical old Exile, could he be thinking of?
Well, James Baker has just reported, according to leaks, that the best solution for Iraq is an American withdrawal. The casualty rate is climbing upwards again and opposition to the war is growing in the USA. Even normally loyal Republican Congressmen and Senataors are jumping off the bandwagon. Next month's American Congressional elections could see an anti-war majority installed in both houses. The Chimp's options seem fewer and fewer.
It is in this context that we should analyse Blair's words. He is a loyal servant of the USA, but if American policy is about the change then he needs a face saving get out clause of his own.