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No Prime Minister in modern times has led Britain into as many wars as Tony Blair. In six years in office he has committed forces to action in Kosovo, Iraq, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan. This work shows how Blair's government has sought to be at the forefront of a new and turbulent world order.
Paperback, 401 pages
Published December 1st 2004
(first published 2003)
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Pull up A seat on the ministerial meetings that led one man to green light five military conflicts in six years.Then Take minutes on A public spiral from humanitarian to warmonger .A legacy in ruins due to two old adages ignored "Gather your evidence before you make your conclusion".Or you could end up frantically trying to put together a dodgy dossier.And "Be careful who your friend's are"Especially when their Texan oil barren s suggesting invading an oil rich country
Nov 10, 2008 Angelique rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those who want to know more about Blair
I thought this was a very good analysis of most of Blair's prime minister-ship (that might be a made up word!). It's incredible to continue to read in other books about Blair's ignorance of international affairs before and in the begining of his pm-ship and incrediable that he continued in those conflicts, both noble and not so noble. I felt Kampfner was more than fair.
An excellent analysis of Blair's foreign policy, that really emphasises Blair's own genuine belief in interventionism long before the beginning of the Bush Presidency. I'd highly recommend it to anyone wanting to know more about Britain's role in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as the pre-September 11th conflicts in Sierra Leone, Kosovo and Iraq (1998).
What was interesting and awful about this book was the insider politicking that went on in the cabinant. I mean how old are these people? It was like reading about characters in a Jackie Wilson book set in School. Who was ignoring who, which member hadn't been talked to or invited in to consult. Seriously. We picked them to run the country.*Shudders*
This book is 10 years old now, but as the Chilcott Enquiry shows no sign of reporting it gives us a very detailed account of the run-up to the Iraq war (as well as Kosovo and Sierra Leone) which I hope the members of that enquiry have read.