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Tony Blair: when ignorance is bliss

  • March 12, 2013
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Every time I write about Tony Blair, I tell myself that it will be the last time.   But then I find myself coming back, time and again, like a dog to its vomit.     It isn’t because Blair is so interesting in himself.   On the contrary, the more he appears in the...

Peter van Buren on the Iraq War

  • March 08, 2013
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‘ I was there. And “there” was nowhere. And nowhere was the place to be if you wanted to see the signs of end times for the American Empire up close. It was the place to be if you wanted to see the madness — and oh yes, it was madness — not filtered through...

George Washington in Fallujah

  • October 17, 2012
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Less than a year ago Barack Obama delivered a speech at Fort Bragg, Carolina, to commemorate the withdrawal of the last US troops from Iraq.  The Nobel Laureate hailed the successful conclusion to ‘one of the most extraordinary chapters in the history of the American military’ and praised the war that he had once...

The Archbishop Removes the Emperors’ Clothes

  • September 03, 2012
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I’ve often wondered why it is that so many countries and institutions are prepared to pay so much money to hear Tony Blair’s observations on ‘faith’, ‘leadership’, ‘globalization’ and other subjects.

They clearly aren’t paying for insight or profundity, since Blair’s analyses of 21st century events, both in and out of office, are often strikingly superficial,...

The Political Class Colludes in Blair’s War Lies

  • August 02, 2012
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Few people are likely to be surprised by the news that the attorney-general Dominic Grieve has vetoed two freedom of information requests from the dogged campaigner Chris Lamb, made via the independent Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), for the release of the crucial March 13/17 2003 cabinet meetings that preceded the Iraq war.

The government has already...

Alastair Campbell does satire

  • June 16, 2012
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When flying low without a moral compass, it’s always vaguely comforting and reassuring to tell yourself that everybody else is doing it too.   So it’s not surprising at all to hear Alastair Campbell  having a go at Armando Iannucci for accepting an OBE.

I have no intention of defending that decision myself.  In...

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