Great Britain, the Middle East, the Bush Administration, and the 2008 election

From Comment is Free, ten bloggers assess Tony Blair's decade in Downing Street, and more by Julian Baggini. Ten years on, a new set of rules, by Philip Stephens. The trend toward Britain’s fragmentation leaves its majority nation in search of itself, finds Roger Scruton. A review of The Conservative Party and European Integration since 1945: At the Heart of Europe? A review of The Labour Governments, 1964-1970. The Royal Consigliere: Though much of Elizabeth II's role is symbolic, she also subtly wields a personal, but very real, power.

The power of thought: If the Scottish Nationalists win on Thursday, it could be an exciting time for those with new ideas; and here are ten questions on the thorny relationship between the thistle and the rose. Mr. Popularity: Earthy charm and a buoyant economy have endeared Ireland's leader, Bertie Ahern, to many voters. Can his winning streak continue as he bids for a third term?

From Slate, what Americans can learn from the Winogard Report: All wars are alike, and so are all investigations of failed wars. Sesame Street puppets to promote peace in the Middle East. From TNR, the other Guantánamo: Bagram Airbase in Kabul, where about 650 detainees are currently held, is rarely subject to outside scrutiny. An exclusive look inside the facility, including never before published photographs. The Right To Remain Silent: Silence is about the only right the Guantanamo prisoners have left. Last refuge of the scoundrel: Bush is trying to convince the American people that Iraq is the WWII of our time, and Democrats are craven defeatists. Both claims are absurd. Duck and Cover: The Bush Admininstration's “Complex 2030” plan is reviving the nuclear threat.

Form National Journal, Alberto Gonzales' Secret Order: The attorney general granted extraordinary powers over Justice Department personnel to two of his aides — both of whom have since resigned. A Case Against Cheney: What Dick Cheney has done is not impeachable. It is merely unforgivable. From Reason, millions of Americans have changed their minds on Iraq. Is Hillary Clinton one of them? From Vanity Fair, many New York political pros believe Rudy Giuliani—former mayor, hero of 9/11, and now presidential candidate—is, quite literally, nuts. The author asks whether Giuliani's lunatic behavior could be the ultimate campaign asset. Could Michael Bloomberg shake up the race?