Iraq War Nearly ‘Broke’ Blair

A must read piece from the Guardian:

Consummate actor that he was, Blair was skilful at concealing the

severity of the descent from the public and the media. He was also

adept at masking it from the great majority of his colleagues and

officials. “He managed to disguise it from most people,” says his

Cabinet Secretary, Andrew Turnbull. “It wasn’t visible to me. I only

believed in The Wobble when it became clear afterwards that there had

been one.”

Only those closest to him could see the interior

collapse of the Prime Minister. There had been few days since 9/11 when

he had not been living on his nerves. He found it difficult to sleep.

When it eventually came, rest often did not last long. He would wake

with a start in the middle of the night to find sweat trickling down

the back of his neck.

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.