November 18, 2007

TONIER:

Brown Declares 'Lifelong Admiration' for US: British Prime Minister Gordon Brown may have gone too far in distancing himself from his predecessor Tony Blair and his close relationship with US President George W. Bush. In a major speech on Monday he emphasized his admiration for all things American. (Der Spiegel, 11/13/07)

While Berlin and Paris have both been working hard at improving relations with Washington, Brown has gone the other way, apparently seeking to cool the formerly warm relationship Blair had with both former President Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Blair's decision to join the US-led coalition in the Iraq war made him highly unpopular in the United Kingdom and contributed to his departure from office this summer.

But with France's President Nicolas Sarkozy and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel returning from stateside visits where they basked in the warm glow of American affection, Brown seems to have realized that he may have gone a bit too far in distancing himself from the US.

And Monday was his opportunity to start building fences -- fast. In his first major foreign policy speech since taking office, Brown chose to emphasize the United Kingdom's close ties with the US and pledged to press for tough sanctions against Iran.

Speaking at the annual lord mayor of London's banquet, Brown said, "It is no secret that I am a lifelong admirer of America. I have no truck with anti-Americanism in Britain or elsewhere in Europe." He stressed: "I believe that our ties with America -- founded on the values we share -- constitute our most important bilateral relationship."


Good boy. Give him a Scooby Snack.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 18, 2007 7:26 PM
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"Good boy. Give him a Scooby Snack."

Your so mean, and I'm a bad person for laughing at that.

Posted by: Jay at November 19, 2007 12:20 AM
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