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It is a rare Sunday that I watch the chat shows, but as there was no football (American or European) on TV I checked out the lineup of blowhards. With McCain and Lindsey Graham on the others it was an easy choice to watch ABC. At the very least it will make Tom Shales mad. The guest was Tony Blair, and it was remarkably bad.

Blair also discussed his belief that after the September 11 attacks, Cheney “thought the world had to be made anew and … it had to be done by force and with urgency.” “He would have worked through the whole lot, Iraq, Syria, Iran, dealing with all their surrogates in the course of it, Hezbollah, Hamas, etc,” writes Blair. In his interview with Amanpour today, Blair elaborated, saying you can’t “dismiss” Cheney’s view…

Um, why can’t I? It appears that so far Dick Cheney’s worldview is 0-1-1 at best, all at the meager price of tens of thousands of dead people and a trifling few trillion dollars.

Blair in his book goes on to say how much he has loved every President he ever met.

I think it is fair to say that America has touched Tony Blair, too often and quite inappropriately.

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