BILL KRISTOL, CALL YOUR OFFICE….Is Tony Blair a neocon? Apparently not!

Britain will have “nothing whatever” to do with any military action against Syria or Iran, according to Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary.

….Interviewed on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, Mr Straw said: “Iran is a completely different country and situation from Iraq. Iran is an emerging democracy and there would be no case whatsoever for taking any kind of action.”

….Mr Straw was asked whether he was worried that an impression was being created that once Iraq had been tackled, Syria and Iran might be next in line. The Foreign Secretary said: “It would worry me if it were true. It is not true, and we would have nothing whatever to do with an approach like that.”

For all the Andrew Sullivan-ish talk about how the planning for this war has been the result of a deviously concealed master plan, what’s really remarkable is just how wide and deep the disagreement about it has been within the administration and its allies ? and how much this disagreement has been the true driver of its lurching quality over the past nine months. There’s always a certain amount of this, of course, and the Bushies have done a pretty good job of presenting a single face in public, but I sure wish I could be a fly on the wall during some of the internal discussions. There’s a real battle going on there for the heart and soul of George Bush, and it’s not clear yet whether anyone has won.