How did those British soldiers manage to come home without firing a shot? Do you mean to tell me that there were negotiations — talks?!? — and somehow this situation was resolved peacefully? No one died, World War III did not break out, and that’s it? How is Bill Kristol feeling? Why, if Newt Gingrich were president we could have proven a point!
Another way to look at it: when you’ve weakened your country so by engaging it in an illegal and immoral war of choice, your options tend to diminish in these situations. Tony Blair was not about to do anything but talk his way out of this. We don’t know what really happened, at least not yet, but imagine that diplomacy may have actually worked and then watch as another neocon’s head explodes. It’s enough to warm the heart on a cold night.