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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Tony Blair, former prime minister of the United Kingdom, discusses his ten years in office as Labour Party leader. He explains his decisions to go to war in Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, and, most controversially of all, Iraq. He shares his views on emerging power relationships and economies, and looks ahead to the changing world. His memoir A Journey: My Political Life is his firsthand account of his years in office and beyond.

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Comments [16]

Smokey from LES

Excellent interview!

I don't agree with Mr. Blair on the war and I acknowledge that it is easy to poke fun at him because of his relationship with Bush. But I do think he speaks with true personal conviction. And his tone of voice shows an honest attempt to listen to the questions and to give his best answers, unlike our own last administration.

Sep. 15 2010 12:55 PM
DarkSymbolist from NYC!

Ummm...Mr.Blair as a formerPrime Minister you should also understand that there is a conflict between extremist religion upon our Western secularist liberal tradition, not just the religious conflict you described.

Sep. 15 2010 12:43 PM
g.e.Taylor from Bklyn., NY


God Bless You Mr. Blair.
(and Thank You)

Sep. 15 2010 12:36 PM
Pete from London

Wouldn't the Iraqi civilian death toll have been lower if Cheney, Rumsfeld and Bush had had the slightest interest in the humanitarian case that Mr Blair is putting forward?

Isn't the Iraq disaster as much due to their grotesque and deliberate irresponsibility as it is to the malevolence of the insurgents?

Mr Blair allied himself with the scum of the earth in Rumsfeld and Cheney - wasn't this a bit of an oversight?

Sep. 15 2010 12:30 PM
Chris from Boerum Hill

Why is this war criminal being taken seriously? Even in London he didn't dare make a public appearance for his book.

Sep. 15 2010 12:30 PM
Scott from Yonkers, NY

After his conversion to Catholicism, please ask Mr. Blair how his evolving understanding of God might have affected his decisions in power. Does he see God as anthropomorphic?

Sep. 15 2010 12:30 PM
DarkSymbolist from NYC!

The fanning is invading a sovereign country that hasn't attacked you, killing thousands, upon a very flimsy basis...

Sep. 15 2010 12:26 PM
Eli from astoria

ok...so he "takes responsibility" for the flawed intelligence while justifying the war at the same time.
does he "take responsibility" of the hundreds of thousands who have been killed as the result of his actions? the ongoing anarchy?
credit where credit is due....and blame where blame is due.

Sep. 15 2010 12:26 PM
Matt

Sorry - one more. Does he really see no link between the fact that 16 or 17 of the hijackers were from Saudi Arabia and the U.S. does an incredible amount of business with them?

I'm not saying 9/11 was provoked, but U.S. foreign policy isn't the most nuanced and well-intentioned thing.

He really thinks 9/11 happened out of nowhere?

Sep. 15 2010 12:25 PM
DarkSymbolist from NYC!

The fanning is invading a sovereign country that hasn't attacked you, killing thousands, upon a very flimsy basis...

Sep. 15 2010 12:25 PM
simon from New York City

Miles, thank you for being level-headed and asking coherent and accurate questions about his reasoning and ours at the time of the war...

Sep. 15 2010 12:25 PM
neal from Florence, Italy

The intervention DID NOT happen with full UN approval. They stretched the resolution to make it seem so.

Sep. 15 2010 12:25 PM
Matt

Did he ever have any issue with the term "war on terror" or "axis of evil" or any of the jargon that was going around at the time?

Sep. 15 2010 12:20 PM

any words for your former friend gordon brown?

Sep. 15 2010 12:09 PM
dbmetzger from upper west side

The ex prime minister was on the daily show last night and here is the interview.
Tony Blair: We Must Confront Extremism
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair sees extremism as a long-term strategic threat that we must be prepared to fight. http://www.newslook.com/videos/250308-tony-blair-we-must-confront-extremism?autoplay=true.

Sep. 15 2010 11:52 AM
leonick

Shame on you Leonard for hosting this individual.

Sep. 15 2010 09:42 AM

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