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LONDON, England (Reuters) -- A British minister suggested a shift in foreign policy away from the United States, telling an audience in Washington that a country's strength depended on making global alliances rather than military might.
Washington has been watching the new government of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown for signs of any policy change after years of close ties under his predecessor Tony Blair.
Originally posted by InSpiteOf
It would be great to see the british government move away from the policies of imperialism to a more collectivist apporach, but like i said, ill have to see it to believe it.
Originally posted by FredT
If the UK pulls out of Iraq, the US military is going to be hard pressed to maintain what little control they have now.
It all depends how the pressure goes in the States. If the pressure keeps building, Brown has an excuse to get the troops out. That's what he is waiting for. A reason to pull them out without coming across "anti-American"
Originally posted by FredT
Brown is denying any shift away from the US
International Development Secretary Douglas Alexander, in a speech in Washington on Thursday, said while Britain stood beside the United States in fighting terrorism, isolationism did not work in an interdependent world.
"In the 20th century a country's might was too often measured in what they could destroy. In the 21st, strength should be measured by what we can build together," Alexander said, in comments interpreted by British media as signaling a change in the British government's relationship with Washington.
A spokesman for Brown denied the speech marked any turnaround in policy and said the interpretation put on Alexander's words by the media was "quite extraordinary."
Brown told BBC radio he would continue to work closely with the U.S. administration.
"We'll not allow people to separate us from the United States of America in dealing with the common challenges we face around the world."
Washington has been watching Brown's new government for signs of any policy change after years of close ties under his predecessor Tony Blair.
Brown took over last month with promises of change to woo back voters after 10 years of his Labour Party's rule and in particular to draw a line under the unpopular Iraq war. Blair's closeness to Washington was unpopular with many Britons.
Alexander said in the speech at the Council of Foreign Relations that nations must form new alliances "not just to protect us from the world but ones which reach out to the world."
Originally posted by spencerjohnstone
Both the US and the UK have backed each other on numerous occasions, long may it continue. (Would rather have the US on our side, than the french or the germans anyday).
Foreign Secretary David Miliband has insisted the United States will continue to be the UK's "most important partner in the world".
His assertion comes in the wake of comments from two other ministers which hinted at cooler relations between the two nations.
Originally posted by djohnsto77
Blair was really pushing the "neocon" agenda before Bush was even elected.