By Geoffrey Wheatcroft in British daily The Guardian:
This perfect storm will finally destroy the neocon project
Americans are sick of the unrepentant arrogance of this elite. But the realisation has come at a very heavy cost
Friday May 11, 2007
Now and again people have found themselves in places where the course of history was dramatically changed: Paris in 1789, Petrograd in 1917, Berlin in 1989.
Sometimes the feeling of momentous change is illusory.
When Tony Blair won his first election 10 years ago, perfectly sane people proclaimed that “these are revolutionary times”.
As most of us realised long before his ignominious departure, that was just what they weren’t.
And yet to visit the US at present, as I have done, is to experience an overwhelming sensation of drastic impending change.
It’s not merely that President Bush, to whom Blair so disastrously tethered himself, is “in office but not in power”.
Most Americans can’t wait for him to go, Congress is beyond his control, and the Senate majority leader, Senator Harry Reid, has told him that the war in Iraq is lost – for which statement of the obvious Reid was accused of “defeatism” by the vice-president, Dick Cheney.
This might sound like the “succession of small disasters, oh trifling in themselves”, in Alan Bennett‘s Forty Years On (“a Foreign Secretary’s sudden attack of dysentery at the funeral of George V, an American ambassador found strangled in his own gym-slip…”).
And yet there really is an observable pattern.
Along with the collapse of Bush’s authority, all these episodes are connected to the great disaster in Iraq.
And all illustrate the hubristic, impenitent arrogance of the people who have been guiding America’s destiny – as well as ours, alas – for the past six years.
What one senses so acutely are the conditions building for a political perfect storm, which will engulf and destroy the whole neoconservative project.
Bush and Blair: here.
Arianna Huffington: Buh bye Blair.
Avi Shlaim: Buh bye Blair.
Sean Connery on Blair: here.
Blair and New Age: here.
Gordon Brown’s campaign to take over from Blair: here.