Andrew Sullivan has found a nice encapsulating quote from Clare Short, a former Blair minister, and now a “bitter old lefty” in Andrrew’s words:
“Any pretence that this means that the tactics of their so-called war on terror are succeeding is sadly false. Obviously the news about Gadaffi is welcome, but it has been a long process, and any suggestion that events in Libya are linked to the war in Iraq is unfounded. The co-ordination of the Blair-Bush press conferences claiming a big success in the war on terror has a pathetic tone that reflects Blair’s desperation and the two men’s continuing belief that they can prosecute their war with half-truths and deceptions.”
Andrew does a nice job smacking this idiocy. But he — as well as all of the establishment media as far as I can tell — has missed the most money quote refuting this sort of nonsense and denial. Gadaffi apparently told Sylvio Berlusconi:
“I will do whatever the Americans want, because I saw what happened in Iraq, and I was afraid.”
That sums it up quite nicely, no?