Tony Blair, America’s greatest ally abroad, bids us all farewell:
The British leader’s visit was designed to honor the long-term Bush-Blair partnership and was expected to produce no major results. The two men planned to discuss a range of issues Thursday, then hold a joint news conference.
Blair began his visit Wednesday with a private, working dinner at the White House. That was to be followed by a rare overnight stay for a foreign leader in the U.S. executive mansion. He was staying in the Queen’s Bedroom that was used by Winston Churchill during the former British leader’s frequent World War II-era visits to Washington.
Blair’s White House visit was one of a series of meetings with foreign leaders during a carefully choreographed exit after his announcement last week that he would step down as prime minister on June 27.
“I think the visit is more sentimental and social than substantive,” said Henry Catto, a U.S. ambassador to London under former President Bush and current chairman of the Atlantic Council of the United States.
History will remember Blair as one of the few foreign men of vision, who understood the importance of Islamism and was willing to strike at its wellspring, Saddam. He may be castigated for that amongst the fickle, short-sighted fools who comprise the modern British electorate; but future generations will sing his praises unto the ages.
Hopefully, this giant of a man will continue to serve his nation, its allies, and the cause of Western Civilization in one way or another. I have a feeling Britain hasn’t seen the last of Tony Blair.