Yet a commitment to Britain's continuing presence for the long haul was pledged by Mr Blair during his press conference with the Iraqi prime minister in Downing Street on Sunday. This was an extraordinary occasion during which Mr Blair calmly announced that a new war is taking place in Iraq now that the first conflict to remove Saddam Hussein is over Iraq is the battleground of global terrorism versus the side of democracy and liberty. The prime minister has a nerve. He could easily have made a similar statement before Parliament rose last week until November. Instead he uses a press conference, knowing that he is safe from parliamentary questioning and criticism for several weeks.
Menzies Campbell, the Lib Dem's foreign affairs spokesman said: Around the world Britain is associated with unilateralism in Iraq and douhle standards in the Middle East. Trust in the prime minister has fallen at home. Trust in Britain has fallen abroad.