US & UK foreign policy diverge. Again...

When it comes to foreign policy, is the UK really in step with the US?

When we were making realpolitik deals with Fadillah party in the early days of the occupation, the US was stamping its feet and refusing to deal with anyone.

When we are making realpolitik deals with the local Afghan tribes, the US thinks bombing will get the locals on side.

While FM Millipeed is giving lectures to Oxford undergraduates about...

Labour's recast foreign policy when he will argue that mistakes made in Iraq and Afghanistan must not cloud the moral imperative to intervene - sometimes militarily - to help spread democracy throughout the world.
he made an unequivocal case for what he described as the "democratic imperative": a moral commitment to the global dissemination of the principles of democratic government.

This doctrine, known as "liberal interventionism" because it attempts to introduce or encourage the development of liberal democratic institutions in what have been totalitarian countries,
... the CENTCOM Commander Admiral Fallon is off doing deals with that legendary Uzbek democrat, Islam Karimov. The hardcopy of the article I have is: Promoting Democracy Recedes From US Agenda The online version is different.

Seeking a Path in Democracy’s Dead End

LATE in the afternoon of Jan. 24, an American military plane landed in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, carrying Adm. William J. Fallon, the commander of the United States Central Command.

Admiral Fallon, who oversees the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, had arrived for an introductory meeting with the Uzbek president, Islam Karimov, one of the post-Soviet world’s durable strongmen.

Relations with the United States have been largely frozen since 2005, when Uzbekistan, bristling under American censure for a bloody crackdown against anti-government demonstrators, evicted the Pentagon from an air base that had been used to support the war in Afghanistan.

Admiral Fallon said he had no grand plan for Uzbekistan. He was not seeking restored access to the air base or even rights for military planes to fly through Uzbek airspace. His visit, he said by telephone, marked a renewal of dialogue and the possibility of a thaw.

It actually marked more than that. It was the latest signal of an undeclared shift in Washington’s foreign policy across the stunted democracies and outright dictatorships that lie to Moscow’s southeast, from the Caspian Sea to China’s borders.

Politics drives foreign policy, I suppose fundamentaly the US and UK are at different ends of the political spectrum.

Whilst we can grandstand about taking the moral high ground and spreading democracy, foreign policy has always and will always be about grubby deals that advances ones own self interest. Look at the Saudi/BAE fraud thingy, we dont occupy the high ground at all, but at the least the US is more open about it.

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