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American Ally: Tony Blair and the War on Terror

Thursday February 2006


Con Coughlin Defense and Security Editor, The Daily Telegraph (London)

Prior to 9/11, Britain’s Prime Minister Tony Blair knew very little about al Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden. The election campaign that had swept Blair and his new Labour Party to power had been fought predominantly on domestic issues.

Drawing on first-hand testimony of key decision makers in Downing Street and the White House, Con Coughlin who is one of Britain’s leading journalists, will provide an intriguing account of British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s motivation for giving America his unstinting support and becoming President George W. Bush’s fellow architect of the War on Terror – one of the most significant and controversial topics to confront the Western Alliance since the Second World War.

Coughlin, who is an historian by training and who has been reporting on Islamic terrorism for more than 20 years, has been given unprecedented access to sources in the Blair and the Bush administrations. He is the author of three critically acclaimed books, including Saddam, a bestseller. He was one of CNN’s news analysts during the war in Iraq and is now a frequent political commentator for NBC and MSNBC.