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Blair's War

  • ID: 2715407
  • Book
  • 200 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Why and how did Tony Blair support the US–led invasion of Iraq? Was he justified in doing so? These are the questions that David Coates and Joel Krieger seek to answer in
Blair s War the most authoritative and complete record of the conflict to date. Writing with an exquisite sense of the unfolding drama and an eye for detail, the authors develop the arguments for and against the war and, with unerring fairness, test each argument against the record of what was known, what was suspected, and what was misrepresented. They demonstrate how Blair s determination to stand shoulder to shoulder with America after 9/11 trapped in a tragic logic that took the UK to war. Blair s War blows a hole through each of the justifications for war and offers a detailed, original and compelling set of proposals to return the UK to an ethical foreign policy.

The book provides a unique perspective on this latest unsetting turn in the special relationship , and is essential reading on both sides of the Atlantic.
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1: The Problem of Blair s War.


2: New Labour: A Leading Force for Good in the World?.

3: The American Call to Arms.

4: Answering the Call.


5: The Justifications for War.

6: Motives and World Views.


7: Reflections and Lessons.

8: Towards an Ethical Foreign Policy.


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"Coates and Krieger provide a careful analysis of why Blair was wrong to support the US war in Iraq. They conclude that he has severely undermined the efforts of the '97 government to act as a force for good in the world. But they do not stop there. They go on to outline how the UK could get back to an ethical foreign policy and the word move forward following 11 September 2001 and the Iraq war. This is an invaluable contribution to an urgent debate."

Clare Short, MP.

"This fine book describes how the formidable tag–team of Tony Blair and George Bush manipulated intelligence and rationales to gain support for their imperial adventure in Iraq. It is a depressing and disturbing story told well.".

John J. Mearsheimer, R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service, Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago.

"Blair s War offers a detailed analysis of the circumstances in which the Neo–Conservatives in America persuaded President Bush to launch a new imperialist crusade and of how Mr Blair went along with it, so losing his credibility with the British people by presenting the case for war in a way that visibly falsified the facts. This is a book for all those who care about the world, the UN and peace.".

Tony Benn
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