Tony Blair Steps Down As Prime Minister
Not unexpected and he even talks about Iraq.
In an emotional 17-minute speech, he said the judgment on his 10-year administration was “for you, the people, to make”. Mr Blair paid special tribute to his wife and children “who never let me forget my failings”.
But he concluded: “Hand on heart, I did what I thought was right. I may have been wrong – that’s your call. But I did what I thought was right for our country.
“This country is a blessed country. The British are special. The world knows it, we know it, this is the greatest country on earth.”
He dealt directly with Iraq, many people’s perception as his ultimate legacy, saying: “The blowback since … has been fierce, unrelenting and costly.”
But he insisted: “The terrorists will never give up if we give up.”
Note he says blowback. That’s a very specific word, and I think Blair uses it intentionally. Perhaps a signal to the US and Bush that our tactics in the WoT are breeding more terrorists, not fewer? Perhaps a suggestion that our leadership should change their course and fight terrorists in smart, surgical ways?
Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps…