ALL BY OURSELVES. It's been said that British foreign policy since WWII is animated by the principle of "figuring out what the United States wants, and doing it before asked." No longer: Tony Blair has announced that the Brits will eventually be pulling out of Iraq.

President Bush has now exhausted the patience of our last (or, rather, first) global ally. And that means it is time to cue the Eric Carmen's appearance on Dick Clark's American Bandstand. (Worth watching just to see Carmen's collar-up jeans outfit and horrible lip-syncing.)

--Tom Schaller

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