Tony Blair to step down "within a year"
Of course, I could never figure out why Blair himself was so cozy with him. Someone please point me to the great article or blog post that makes sense of that relationship. Maybe he thought he'd be a moderating influence a la Colin Powell. I could have told him that wouldn't work. In a way, Blair made the same mistakes Democrats were making: "If we accomodate Bush and his batshit agenda, we'll gain some influence! He'll have to meet us part way on some things!" Wrong. Accomodating him only lends him legitimacy, and makes it harder for Democrats to draw a sharp line between us and them. Bush and his ilk see compromise as weakness to be taken advantage of (witness their contempt of diplomacy). They are radicals, and must be treated as such.