A few quick points. First, I know many TPM readers have been turned off by Mickey Kaus’s harping on the New York Times and alleged liberal media bias in general. But he’s got a very good run of posts going on the continuing defections of liberal war-hawks and their efforts to come up with some way both to satisfy the United States’ fundamental needs in Iraq and unwind the mess the Bush administration has created. Also, take a look at this editorial on Tony Blair’s passion — in the christological sense of the word — in The Guardian. A lot of us have long had the sense that the Bush administration would use Blair for all he was worth and then toss his political carcass aside like an old banana peel once they were done with him. Yesterday’s embarrassing Rumsfeld episode provided some confirmation.