US & UK foreign policy diverge. Again...

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by whitecity, Feb 17, 2008.

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  1. 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...

    ... 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.

     
  2. meridian

    meridian LE Good Egg (charities)

    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.