Thursday, September 02, 2010
Some excerpts (please note that they are best read from the bottom up):
For the full, rich experience, you have to read Brooke's dissection in its entirety. It has the riveting quality of a compelling work of experimental fiction. He has about 170 pages to go before completing the task that he has set for himself.
Blair, p. 516: If Condi Rice has a fault, it is that she is probably too decent for the world of politics.
Yes, Blair really does call Ariel Sharon, p. 515, a big man in every sense.
Blair, p.513: Even Gitmo, a policy that was both understandable &, done in a different way, justifiable was seen as anti- the rule of law.
Blair, p, 501: Gerhard Schroeder was a really tough cookie.
Blair, p, 482: Top US universities were the best in the world plainly & inescapably due to their system of fees.
Blair, p. 467: on the pics from Abu Ghraib, no doubt they were exceptional incidents, and the offenders were prosecuted.
Blair, p. 458: The reception was ecstatic. They got up and applauded throughout, a total of thirty-five times.
Blair, pp.457-8, quotes at length from his speech to the US Congress, one of the most important and, in my judgement, best speeches I made"
Blair, p. 410: Even people who didn't like me or agree with me still admired the fact I counted, was a big player, was a world... leader.
Blair, p. 409: But Cheney's manner of doing it was incomplete. We needed to win the war at the level of ideas, by engaging Muslims.
Blair, p. 408: Cheney is the object of so much conspiracy theory that it's virtually impossible to have a rational discussion about him.
Blair visits Crawford, TX, April 2002, p. 399. It is pretty much in the middle of nowhere.
Blair, p. 394: George had immense simplicity in how he saw the world.
Blair, p. 387: the Middle East was urgently in need of modernisation.
Pre-9/11 terrorism, Blair calls, p. 343, the price that America paid for being America.
Blair, p.204: The right-wing phrase, underclass, was ugly, but it was accurate. People at the bottom had dysfunctional lives, full stop.
Blair, p. 116: I wanted to preserve, in terms of competitive tax rates, the essential Thatcher/Howe/Lawson legacy.
Blair says, p. 88, that it wd have been wickedly irresponsible to send his kids to an average state school.