The rosy view from Washington


Tony Blair and George W Bush were united again at the White House last night to defend their intervention in Iraq and talk up the prospects of a stable government there.


Southern Iraq, long touted as a peaceful region that’s likely to be among the first areas returned to Iraqi control, is now dominated by Shiite Muslim warlords and militiamen who are laying the groundwork for an Islamic fundamentalist government, say senior British and Iraqi officials in the area.…