It would seem that Bismark, Metternich and even Machiavelli have nothing on Britain’s Tony Blair. Having stood firm with President Bush on Operation Iraqi Freedom, it is widely reported that the President feels he “owes him one.” And Blair is skillfully – and ironically – using that chip to ingratiate Britain in the Arab world and reverse the negative reaction engendered by the war against Iraq!

Thus he is trying, very publicly, to “deliver” the United States – and Israel – on the “roadmap” issue. It was not for nothing that Blair was heard to say on several occasions during the war, oddly it appeared at those times, that implementation of the roadmap is just as important as the toppling of Saddam Hussein. If he fails, well, at least he tried. If G-d forbid, he is successful, he, not President Bush gets the credit and Blair gets the best of both worlds. And Mr. Bush and the US stay in the Arab doghouse.

Neat? You bet. Jacques Chirac? Vladimir Putin? Eat your hearts out.

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