When Tony Blair stepped down as UK’s prime minister I was worried that the War on Terror had lost a great ally. I was happy to hear that he went right into an ambassador role in the Middle East, but still worried about UK leadership in prosecuting the war. I remember reading a few articles claiming that the British were not behind Tony Blair’s position on the Middle East, nor did they support his involvement with the US over the war.
With very active terror cells and mounting civilian casualties, frankly it was hard to believe that the average UK resident wasn’t more against terrorism than the average American. But none the less I heard that the new guy, Gorden Brown, was going to show a different stance with the US than the war mongering Tony Blair.
Imagine how happy I am today to hear that UK’s new Prime Minister seeing eye to eye with our President Bush on the war. He is currently meeting with President Bush in Camp David and so far BBC reports sound really positive.
But en route to the US, Mr Brown described himself as an “Atlanticist and a great admirer of the American sprit”.
“As prime minister I want to do more to strengthen even further our relationship with the US,” he said.
“It is firmly in the British national interest that we have a strong relationship with the US, our single most important bilateral relationship.”
“And we should acknowledge the debt the world owes to the United States for its leadership in this fight against international terrorism,” he added.
I think that we should also acknowledge our debt to the UK for their support which has overall been consistently strong. I am glad to hear the good news and look forward to hearing more of plans that our 2 leaders are developing.