Some feel the New Prime Minister of the UK does not share Tony Blair’s love for the US. There maybe trouble brewing.
In the December issue of the American Legion Magazine, there is an article by Alan W. Dowd. Mr. Dowd is a senior fellow with Sagamore Institute for Policy research and a contributing editor to The American Legion Magazine.
The title of Mr. Dowd’s article is: “Britain after Blair”. You’ll find the entire article inline at:
We recommend this piece very highly. It may well assist you to understand some of the wrangling which may be in the offing between the Mother Country and the Colonies.
Blair is gone. Gordon Brown is the new Prime Minister. The long and the short of it is… they are VERY different.
Some of those differences:
Brown has jettisoned the Bush-Blair terminology and calls terrorism “a crime,” pointedly not using the phrase “war on terror.”
Brown has labeled Afghanistan “the front line against terrorism,” highlighting a distinct difference with Bush, who calls Iraq “the central front in the war on terror.”
Brown stoically talks about “duties to discharge and responsibilities to keep” in Iraq. Gone is Blair’s rhetoric about con-fronting tyrannies and terrorists.
Yet some of Brown’s critics are not so diplomatic about the new prime minister – or sanguine about his grasp of the “struggle” he inherited. They note that during Brown’s tenure as chancellor, defense spending as a percentage of GDP fell to its lowest level since 1930. Liam Fox, the shadow defense secretary, blames a rash of friendly-fire deaths in Af-ghanistan on cuts in defense spending. “As chancellor, Gordon Brown never gave defense much priority,” Fox argues, adding that the British military is now reaping the consequences. (From: “Britain after Blair by Alan W. Dowd.)
Brown has already ordered the UK Forces in Iraq to withdraw from bases in Basra. Many now think this signals a complete pullout of British troops from Iraq. Some country’s soldier must replace the Brits in, and around, Basra. Most likely it will require the US to re-deploy some 3500 Marines or soldiers to take the place of the UK’s troops in that very troubled part of Iraq.
There is definitely a new day dawning in the US/UK relationship. The US can no longer expect unconditional support from the Mother country. At least… not under Brown. Nobody expects Brown to “stick his neck out” for the US. Tony Blair did… but not Brown. Gone are the days of Winston Churchill, and Margaret Thatcher. Long gone! Now we have: Mr. Brown.