I can't recall many occasions in modern history when a serving politician has stuffed up an interview quite as badly as this:-
"During the interview, Sir David suggested that the West's intervention in Iraq had "so far been pretty much of a disaster".
"Blair replied: "It has, but you see what I say to people is why is it difficult in Iraq? It's not difficult because of some accident in planning, it's difficult because there's a deliberate strategy - al-Qaeda with Sunni insurgents on one hand, Iranian-backed elements with Shia militias on the other - to create a situation in which the will of the majority for peace is displaced by the will of the minority for war."
"Reacting to his comments, Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell said the Prime Minister should now apologise for his actions.
"He said: "At long last the enormity of the decision to take military action against Iraq is being accepted by the Prime Minister."
So there you have it - 3,111 Coalition troops dead up to today, including 121 British - well over 40,000 wounded or sick - Iraqi deaths arguably in the hundreds of thousands, the true number in doubt only because the Coalition hasn't even bothered to count them.......a 'disaster' by any standards.
At least, unlike President Bush, Blair has finally admitted it. I don't somehow think his tenure as British Prime Minister will last long after this.