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Blair’s five wars

Iraq has severed the thread of Blairite foreign policy. This fifth war may turn out to have been his last

By Charles Grant   October 2003

Few 20th-century British prime ministers have been strongly associated with a distinctive brand of foreign policy. Macmillan, Wilson, Callaghan, Major: none had a particularly original view of Britain’s role in the world. Thatcher had her tryst with Ronald Reagan and fought against Brussels, but that hardly amounted to a coherent doctrine of foreign policy. Heath and Churchill had strong views of their own. So did Chamberlain and Eden, although foreign policy destroyed them both.

Tony Blair took charge of the country with no foreign policy experience and, apparently, little interest. So it is remarkable that he has developed a recognisably…

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