Monday, March 20, 2006

The Officers' Club: The Quiet Strength of Blairism

The Officers' Club: The Quiet Strength of Blairism: "Who were the real brains behind neo-conservativism? The Defense Department? Zionists? Halliburton?

Well, how about Tony Blair?"
The Officers go on to quote Oliver Kamm, author of the The Anti-Totalitarianism: The Left-Wing Case for Neo Conservative Foreign Policy:

You cannot understand Blair’s policies in Iraq without that background. Long before 9/11, he took a fundamentally different approach from Major, Rifkind and Douglas Hurd, and not only in declaratory policy. In Kosovo, he confronted Serb aggression rather than acquiesced in it. He also sent British troops to preserve Sierra Leone from hand-lopping rebels, aware both of the demands of liberal internationalism and of the potential for a failed state to become far more than a regional problem. He argued his case long before President Bush came to see the urgency of promoting democracy overseas.

Indeed, as a presidential candidate in 2000, Bush had denounced interventionist ‘nation-building’ and proposed the withdrawal of American commitments in the Balkans. The coincidence of view between a Labour prime minister and a conservative president makes many on the left uncomfortable, but there is no reason that it should. In pursuing regime change, Bush has adopted Blairism, not the other way round.

I voted for Gore in 2000 because Bush did denounce interventionism and because I was so ashamed of the West's dithering in Bosnia and Rwanda.

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