Focus on the specific problem and we can begin on a proper solution. Elevate this into a high faluting wail … and we will depress ourselves unnecessarily, trash our own reputation abroad and, worst of all, miss the chance to deal with the problem in the only way that will work.
I tend to agree. But from someone who seemingly elevated the moral imperative to support Bush’s Iraq policy (‘doing the right thing’) above an approach that focused on the specific problem of WMD it is, well, surprising. He admits in this article he was wrong to take a moralistic approach in 1993 following James Bulger’s murder. But, perhaps with the Iraq Inquiry’s work in mind, he was not willing to make any connections to Iraq.