Blair Looks Back on Tenure as PM

"We will not succeed simply by military or security means. It is a political challenge."
By J. Kelman,  Newser User
Posted Jun 1, 2007 12:23 PM CDT
Blair Looks Back on Tenure as PM
British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie at London's Heathrow Airport as they leave for a five-day trip to Africa Tuesday May 29, 2007. Blair flew to Libya Tuesday for the first leg of a farewell tour of Africa, seeking to build support for action on Darfur and climate change and to seal...   (Associated Press)

In a wide-ranging essay that offers few apologies, Tony Blair reflects on his decade as prime minister and argues that Britain must stand in the world as “a player not a spectator.” Writing in the Economist, Blair discusses the shifting landscape of his time in office, the challenges that have defined his tenure, and prescriptions for the future.

Blair, who leaves office June 27, earnestly entreats Westerners to stay in Iraq and "stand up for our own values." He also shows signs of the pragmatist who helped return Labor to power: Even in an age of terrorism, he writes, "we all run for office concentrating on domestic issues. 'Foreign' policy rarely wins votes, and can easily lose them." (More Tony Blair stories.)

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