The Curmudgeon


Saturday, March 19, 2011

A Rather Special Day

On the anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, the pretexts for which were so ferally swallowed by the great media beast, it takes a special kind of journalistic courage to claim, as Britain's leading liberal newspaper claims today, that Daveybloke's little rah-rah in favour of bombing Libyans represents "the first major foreign policy triumph of his premiership". On the anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, a disastrously drawn-out, avoidably inhumane and messy calamity in which the British government has been shown in the most clear and humiliating light as the abject vassal of a super-power gone to seed, it takes a special kind of memory to draw lessons from "Tony Blair's success, in the face of deep scepticism in Washington, in persuading Bill Clinton to authorise the use of ground troops in Kosovo". On the anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, for which one of the more laughable pretexts was the protection of civilians from a foaming dictator, it takes a very special kind of Liberal Democrat to agree with the mercenary contractor Malcolm Rifkind that everything's going to be rosy just because the UN and the Arab League's more convenient dictators have fallen into line this time.


  • At 7:24 am , Blogger Martin H. said...

    I watched Cameron/Blair? being interviewed yesterday, by Nick Robinson. It made me feel physically sick.

  • At 4:42 pm , Blogger Geoff said...

    Mal Rififi Kind von Armor has a opinion piece in the LibDem Daily today crowing the success of the un decision. It's led to a cease-fire! One step behind Rififi. Gaddafi duck plays with Dave & co like a cat with a mouse. Still, I see the need for many security contractors to be deployed in future Libya whatever the outcome. Wonder if Kind von Armor took a stock option in G4S?

  • At 2:30 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Claiming that a war is a foreign policy triumph before it has even started is rather like Obama getting a peace prize as soon as he took office.



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