Tony Blair: Unfit to Command?

Blair sets a dealine.

Every right-thinking Red American knows that setting a deadline for withdrawing troops from Iraq, or even talking about possible timeframes, as Sen. Kerry has done, emboldens the enemy. Doing so automatically makes one, we are told, unfit for the Presidency, showing that he lacks resolve and doesn’t understand the War on Terror.

Well, I suppose Tony Blair must be relieved to hear that he doesn’t have to pass that test. Facing fierce opposition to complying with a U.S. request that he move 650 of the Black Watch from the Basra region to central Iraq, Blair has promised that the soldiers willl “be home by Christmas.”

Shocking, isn’t it? Perhaps the United Kingdom is part of the “old Europe” after all.

Blair is, of course, up against it: the war, and Mr. Bush, are so ferociously unpopular with the U.K. electorate that he couldn’t give us unlimited or open-ended support even if he wanted to.

Still, it can’t be denied that Blair is an emboldener. Aren’t you glad we have our Beloved Leader instead?

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: