March 14, 2003

British Public Opinion Much has

British Public Opinion

Much has been made about the relatively low degree of British support for a war in Iraq--particularly in the absence of a second UNSC resolution. But stories like this one will likely boost support in some British quarters--nothing to fire up British sentiment like treachery from the Frogs across the Channel!

BTW, TNR again had some sloppy reportage, this time about why IDS, upon leaving a meeting with Tony Blair, publicly stated that chances were low for passage of a second resolution.

"The question is: Did Smith just screw up, or was he actively trying to sabotage the British prime minister in his current moment of weakness?"

Neither folks. Blair likely approved IDS's disclosure allowing IDS to say: "He (Blair) made the reason for this as the fact that the French have become completely intransigent." In other words the Tories, who are on the whole pro-war, are making common cause with the embattled Blair given that the second resolution appears increasingly unlikely to come off because powers like France are not willing to consider it in good faith.

In related news, Robin Cook is now threatening to jump ship should Blair go to war without a second resolution. Frankly, I was always a bit creeped out by Robin Cook and wouldn't miss him (or Clare Short) for a moment. And I trust many Labourites feel the same way.

Posted by Gregory at March 14, 2003 11:33 AM
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