I really don't understand why this has not been done effectively all along, but better late than never:
UK Prime Minister Tony Blair will mount a strong defence of his actions over Iraq when he travels to Washington for talks with US President George Bush later this week.
Tony Blair will appeal to his critics to look at his record in a different light after the formation of an Iraqi government.
He will say the war in Iraq was in line with an interventionist or "activist approach" to foreign policy he also pursued in Kosovo and Sierra Leone, which enjoyed greater public support.
He will also say it was consistent with his policies on the Middle East, Africa and climate change.
Mr Blair will say he floated the idea of humanitarian interventionism, dubbed "liberal imperialism" by some of his advisers, in a speech in Chicago in 1999.
In the last of three speeches on foreign policy, Mr Blair will call for reform of the United Nations, saying that today's international institutions were designed for the Cold War era.
He believes that the UN's failure to approve a fresh resolution authorising military action in Iraq in 2003 showed that the organisation shies away from rather than confronts problems.
The Prime Minister believes that the formation of the Iraqi government provides an opportunity for him to answer critics who believe the war had little to do with promoting the democratic values he espouses.
Although he hopes the new government in Baghdad marks a turning point in Iraq's fortunes, aides accepted yesterday that a long haul still lies ahead as the country remains racked by sectarian conflict and terrorism.
"It is difficult, it will continue to be difficult," one government source said.
President Bush and Mr Blair will discuss a timetable for withdrawing US and British troops from Iraq but are likely to be cautious in their public statements about it.
They will pledge to stay until they have "finished the job".