Monday, September 11, 2006

Post Blair Britain

Sebastian Mallaby writes an excellent article about UK-USA relationship in post Blair period, now that Blair’s departure is official.
He makes following important points:

- Blair’s role as an articulate spokesperson of Bush Iraq Policy has been crucial and unlikely to be filled by any one. So it is all but sure that Pres. Bush will loose a fundamental component of his Iraq war strategy by next year when Blair is gone. It will be impossible to run the current Iraq strategy as it is then. It is not just 25 Thousand British forces but it is the semblance of international heft to American forces, political gravity in favor of America in UN and other forums; all that will be gone. Pres. Bush likes it or not, the change is coming in his Iraq war and it will be in the direction he does not intend.

- His second point is very important too: the successor to Blair will be ‘cool’ to Pres. Bush’s Administration but not to USA. As soon as Pres. Bush is gone, Mallaby contends that the strong UK-USA relationship will resume. Very right insight. That should happen and that will happen.

In the world where USA has to collect all the mess which Pres. Bush has created, strong UK-USA relationship is necessary. To bad, one has to wait for Pres. Bush’s departure for that.

Umesh Patil
San Jose, CA 95111
September 11, 2006.

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