Michael Barone writes about hard America and soft America. Tony Blair has learned the difference. It is easy to "feel" someone's pain-- It is difficult to actually do something about the cause of the pain. Softness and ease are the same thing when we talk about dealing with problems. Toughness, embracing difficulty, these are the things we have to do to survive and thrive. It is as true in dealing with social problems as with international problems. We have been pretending, for at least 30 years that the Middle East would somehow fix itself. It won't. Someone needs to fix it. Why not us?
Blair Makes the Case: "I have come to realise that caring in politics isn't really about 'caring.' It's about doing what you think is right and sticking to it."