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  • Britain Considers Joining U.S. Iraqi Airstrikes

    08/09/2014 5:17:25 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8-9-2014 | Nick Hallett
    British military chiefs are drawing up plans to help American airstrikes in Iraq, the Times reports. Senior figures are considering sending a spy plane to provide intelligence on ISIS positions, while Royal Air Force aircraft capable of refuelling U.S. fighter jets in mid-air will also be sent. The UK government, which has welcomed American intervention in the fight against ISIS, has also not ruled out conducting its own airstrikes if the humanitarian situation worsens. MPs are also discussing the possibility of using British special forces, who have long experience in the Kurdish region, to offer help in pinpointing targets. Former...
  • John McCain: Great Britain ‘No Longer a World Power’

    08/31/2013 5:21:06 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 162 replies
    Senator John McCain had harsh words for Great Britain Friday following that country’s decision to not participate in a coordinated attack on Syria. Appearing on NBC’s Tonight Show, McCain said, “I feel badly about the British. They're our dear friends, but they're no longer a world power. It's just a fact of life.”
  • An Ally Remembers (A Tony Blair Book Review)

    09/01/2010 5:42:00 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 5 replies · 1+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 09-02-10 | MARTIN RUBIN
    Defining 'New Labour,' defending the Iraq war, getting to know George W. Bush. It is now painfully obvious that Tony Blair—the man who led Britain for a decade, who transformed the country's dully orthodox Labour Party into dashing, moderate "New Labour," who faced down parliamentary opponents with brio and eloquently defended the invasion of Iraq—is no longer much of a hero in his own country. Indeed, he is intensely disliked, not least for his loyalty to the "freedom agenda"—the idea that, after 9/11, Western democracies had a duty to face down tyrants like Saddam Hussein and end the threat they...
  • Absence of key U.S. allies at summit amplifies doubts about Obama’s foreign policy

    04/12/2010 8:11:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies · 1,116+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 12, 2010 | Jon Ward
    President Obama is holding one of the biggest global summits ever on U.S. soil starting Monday, but for all the hoopla, the event will be missing America’s strongest allies. As remarkable as it is, the fact that neither British Prime Minister Gordon Brown nor Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are attending President Obama’s nuclear security summit in Washington Monday and Tuesday is not altogether surprising. Relations with both countries — Israel in particular — have grown strained under Obama. Combined with Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s recent defiance of the administration, questions are growing about the president’s ability to maintain important...
  • Britain Will No Longer Grovel To The U.S.

    04/03/2010 6:23:01 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 72 replies · 1,721+ views
    Forbes ^ | 4/1/2010 | Quentin Letts
    New report shows England's growing disillusionment with its once greatest ally. British parliamentarians have finally realized that the "special relationship" between London and Washington no longer exists--if it ever did. The House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee has published an unexpectedly lively report urging British diplomats and ministers to be "less deferential" to the U.S. No more groveling, then. Not that it will stop Prime Minister Gordon Brown from being starry-eyed in the presence of President Obama when he visits the U.S. in a few days' time. The committee, whose members are about to disband before the general election campaign,...
  • Special relationship between UK and US is over, MPs say

    03/29/2010 3:41:35 AM PDT · by darkside321 · 17 replies · 797+ views
    The UK government needs to be "less deferential" towards the US and more willing to say no to Washington, a group of MPs have said. The Commons Foreign Affairs committee also said it was wrong to speak of "the special relationship" with the US, as it was fostering other alliances. However, the MPs did agree that the link between the countries was "profound and valuable". The Foreign Office said the two nations share a "unique" bond. The committee said the phrase "the special relationship" did not reflect the "modern" Anglo-American relationship. It was originally coined more than 60 years ago...
  • If Britain's Not An Ally, Then U.S. Has None

    03/05/2010 4:39:29 PM PST · by Kaslin · 99 replies · 1,041+ views ^ | March 5, 2010 | VICTOR DAVIS HANSON
    Almost 30 years after losing a war over the Falkland Islands, Argentina is once again warning Britain that it still wants back what it calls the Malvinas. Argentina is now angry over a British company's oil exploration off the windswept islands in what it considers its own South Atlantic backyard. Although nominally democratic, the unpopular Kirchner government in Buenos Aires has claimed that the sparsely settled islands are a symbolic matter of Spanish-speaking pride throughout Latin America — and is theirs because the islands once belonged to Spain in the 19th century. In response to all this, the Obama administration...
  • UK troops in Afghanistan 'for five years'

    02/27/2010 12:07:22 PM PST · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 138+ views
    Times Online ^ | Februari 27 2010 | Robin Henry
    British troops will remain in Afghanistan for the next five years, according to the head of the Army. General Sir David Richard expects combat in the country to “trail off in 2011” but said the military would stay to provide training and support for Afghan troops. His comments come as Operation Moshtarak, a major joint offensive against Taliban strongholds, appears to be drawing to an end.
  • Britain to Withdraw Remaining Forces in Iraq to Kuwait

    07/28/2009 8:22:52 AM PDT · by Cheap_Hessian · 1 replies · 523+ views
    AP ^ | July 28, 2009
    BAGHDAD — Britain says it will withdraw its remaining forces in Iraq to Kuwait, after the Iraqi parliament failed to pass a deal allowing the British troops to stay beyond the end of the month. The deal would have let up to 100 British troop stay in Iraq to protect oil platforms and provide training in the south of the country. The rest of the British forces are withdrawing under a separate agreement. British Embassy spokesman Jawwad Syed said Tuesday it's a procedural delay and that the remaining British forces will pull back to Kuwait until the issue is resolved....
  • Britain ‘can no longer afford to be a mini-US’

    06/30/2009 8:18:46 PM PDT · by Flavius · 40 replies · 1,035+ views
    the national ^ | June 30. 2009 | David Sapsted, Foreign Correspondent
    LONDON // Britain should stop trying to be “a mini-United States” and give up maintaining armed forces capable of policing world trouble spots, a report from an influential think tank said yesterday. After a two-year review, the high-powered panel of experts said the UK simply could not afford its international role and recommended slashing £24 billion (Dh146bn) from proposed defence spending.
  • Britain 'cannot afford to send more troops to Afghanistan' because of the recession

    04/25/2009 5:48:34 AM PDT · by Flavius · 33 replies · 905+ views
    telegraph ^ | 24 Apr 2009 | James Kirkup
    Britain cannot afford to send more troops to Afghanistan because of the mounting costs of dealing with the recession, military commanders have been told.
  • Obama pledges new US relations with Europe

    04/03/2009 11:01:22 AM PDT · by LottieDah · 22 replies · 667+ views
    STRASBOURG, France – Welcomed with thunderous cheers, President Barack Obama pledged on Friday to repair damaged relations with Europe, saying the world came together following the 2001 terrorist attacks but then "we got sidetracked by Iraq." "We must be honest with ourselves," Obama said. "In recent years, we've allowed our alliance to drift." The new U.S. president said that despite the bitter feelings that were generated by Iraq, the United States and its allies must stand together because "al-Qaida is still a threat." At a town-hall style gathering before a French and German audience, Obama also encouraged a skeptical Europe...
  • Let's tell Britain we value their friendship!

    03/09/2009 7:10:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies · 624+ views
    British Embassy in the United States ^ | March 9, 2009 | 2ndDivisionVet
    If you feel like I do that Present_ent Obama snubbed our greatest ally, the UK, here is their embassy's contact information: British Embassy, Washington, United States British Embassy 3100 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20008 Telephone: (1) (202) 588 6500 Fax: (1) (202) 588 7870 Chancery ...or go to the Feedback link.
  • Mr & Mrs Barack Hussein Obama humiliate Mr & Mrs Gordon Brown

    03/05/2009 10:55:17 AM PST · by KayEyeDoubleDee · 138 replies · 6,139+ views
    London Evening Standard, The Times, and the UK Daily Mail ^ | March 5, 2009 | Joe Murphy & Sarah Vine
    <p>Gordon Brown has been given a collection of 25 classic American films on DVD as his official gift from Barack Obama.</p> <p>The Prime Minister flew home from his successful trip to Washington this morning with the "special collector's box" of films hidden in his luggage.</p>
  • President Bush awards Tony Blair Presidential Medal of Freedom

    01/13/2009 12:47:23 PM PST · by bethybabes69 · 11 replies · 708+ views
    President Bush tonight awarded America’s highest civilian honour to Tony Blair in a ceremony at the White House. The outgoing President said Mr Blair was “a true friend of the United States” before hanging the Presidential Medal of Freedom around his neck. The former Prime Minister stood in front of the President as the medal was bestowed upon him. “He will stand tall in history,” President Bush said.
  • Britain's Armed Forces will leave Iraq with heads held high

    12/21/2008 9:20:54 AM PST · by knighthawk · 31 replies · 825+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | December 21 2008 | General Sir Mike Jackson
    The announcement that Britain is largely to close down its military role in Iraq by May 31, 2009, is welcome news to both this country and Iraq. It represents a most significant achievement after what will have been a very difficult and challenging six years. We should remember that this saga does not start in 2003, but rather in 1990 with Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait – an act of outright international aggression. After the forcible removal of his forces from Kuwait, there followed a decade and more of brutality towards his own people and defiance of at least 16...
  • Brown pays tribute to marines killed by child suicide bomber

    12/13/2008 11:40:58 AM PST · by Mercia · 4 replies · 421+ views
    The Times ^ | December 13, 2008 | Kevin Dowling
    Gordon Brown paid tribute to four Royal Marines killed in Afghanistan on a visit to their comrades on the frontline today. The Prime Minister’s surprise visit came the day after the soldiers died in the southern province of Helmand with three killed by a 13-year-old suicide bomber and the fourth in an unrelated attack. He praised the soldier’s work in fighting a “chain of terror” stretching from the mountains of Afghanistan to the streets of Britain after flying into the frontline town of Musa Qala, which was recaptured from the Taliban last year. Mr Brown again expressed his sympathy to...
  • Gordon Brown has lost Britain the ear of the White House

    09/19/2008 7:59:52 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 54 replies · 292+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | September 19 | Con Coughlin
    There was a time not so long ago when an American president’s first instinct when faced with an international crisis was to call up Downing Street to solicit the thoughts of Washington’s closest ally. Within hours of the September 11 attacks in 2001, President George W Bush was on the phone to Tony Blair. Their conversation had a seminal influence on the strategy that led to the overthrow of the Taliban in Afghanistan, which had provided a haven for the attackers. In the spring of 2002, when it seemed that India and Pakistan were on the brink of launching all-out...
  • Our British allies in Iraq

    08/15/2008 4:10:10 AM PDT · by Renfield · 30 replies · 185+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 8-14-08 | David Paulin
    Three years ago this month, American freelance journalist Steven Vincent was kidnapped and murdered in Basra, Iraq, a port city then under British military control. His murder occurred as Britain's military -- as Vincent had earlier reported -- was turning a blind eye to the rise of menacing Shiite religious groups, including those of bellicose rebel cleric Moktada al-Sadr. Now, three years later, the ineptitude of British forces in Basra has boiled over into a full-fledged scandal in Britain, as today's Wall Street Journal notes in an editorial, "Basra and the Brits." The scandal concerns the failure of British military...
  • Brown Comes through on Iran Sanctions, Afghan Troop increase

    06/17/2008 4:24:23 AM PDT · by Renfield · 95+ views
    American Thinket ^ | 6-17-08 | Rick Moran
    There were questions surrounding Gordon Brown when he became Great Britain's Prime Minister. Taking office with echoes of "lap dog" following his predecessor Tony Blair, many wondered just how committed Brown would be to the "Special Relationship" between the US and Great Britain and whether he would initiate a more independent course in foreign affairs. Brown may yet eschew supporting the US on many issues. But on increasing sanctions on Iran and sending additional troops to Afghanistan - two things the US devoutly wished Brown would accede to - the British Prime Minister has come through.....
  • Despite flaws, George W Bush is a loyal friend

    06/15/2008 8:21:24 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 38 replies · 128+ views
    Despite flaws, George W Bush is a loyal friend 06/16/08 When President Bush began his valedictory tour of Europe, we commented that he would be received correctly rather than warmly. Still, it would be churlish not to bid him welcome in his final presidential visit to London. He might not have been the easiest of allies, but an ally he has been. Anyone could compile a list of grievances: the steel tariff, the budget deficit, the reluctance to negotiate reciprocity in the US-UK extradition agreement, the calamities that befell Iraq after the invasion, the deaths of British servicemen in friendly...
  • Britain sends 200 extra troops to Afghanistan

    06/15/2008 4:07:00 AM PDT · by Mercia · 2 replies · 94+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 14/06/2008 | James Kirkup
    More British troops are to be sent to Afghanistan, the Government will announce next week. The Daily Telegraph has learned that reinforcements are being deployed as British forces face fierce resistance from the Taliban and doubts grow about the West's strategy in Afghanistan. Five men from the Parachute Regiment have been killed in Afghanistan this week, taking the British death toll in the country to 102. Britain has 7,800 troops in Afghanistan and Des Browne, the defence secretary, will tell MPs on Monday that at least 200 more are being deployed. Article continues advertisement The increase will take British numbers...
  • Why U.S. View Of Britain Is Tanking

    04/05/2008 1:31:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 68 replies · 98+ views
    IBD ^ | April 4, 2008
    Public Opinion: Most global surveys on image spotlight negative views of the U.S. But a new poll of U.S. perceptions of Britain shows a plunge. Since it's the U.K.'s turn under this microscope, we'll venture some reasons.First, it's no pleasure to see U.S. perceptions fall so precipitously for our oldest and closest ally — the one with whom we went through two World Wars and the Cold War, and in each simultaneously elected great leaders who rose to the occasion. But from a BBC World Service poll of 1,000 Americans, it's clear U.S. views of Britain have fallen sharply. The...
  • The British have made matters worse, says Afghan President

    01/26/2008 1:35:59 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 62 replies · 210+ views
    Times of London ^ | 01/25/08 | David Charter, Anthony Loyd and Richard Beeston
    January 25, 2008 The British have made matters worse, says Afghan President David Charter in Davos, Anthony Loyd in Helmand and Richard Beeston Britain and Afghanistan fell out in spectacular fashion yesterday after President Karzai accused his British allies of bungling the military operation in Helmand and setting back prospects for the area by 18 months. Mr Karzai, Britain’s key ally in Afghanistan, had little praise for the efforts of the 7,800 British troops deployed in his country. Most are in the restless southern Helmand province, where Britain has invested billions of pounds in trying to defeat the Taleban, bolster...
  • Blair accused of 'stabbing Hillary Clinton in the back' after supporting Republicans (British PM)

    01/19/2008 10:51:01 PM PST · by Stoat · 29 replies · 734+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | January 20, 2008
    Blair accused of 'stabbing Hillary Clinton in the back' after supporting RepublicansLast updated at 00:56am on 20th January 2008  Former allies: Bill Clinton and Tony Blair   Tony Blair was accused of betrayal last night as he waded into the American Presidential campaign to support George Bush's Republican world view. As the former PM recommended Mr Bush's policies to 400 millionaire bankers in Las Vegas, former ally Bill Clinton was campaigning in Nevada for his wife Hillary, who hopes to be the Democratic candidate for the White House and is an arch Bush critic. In a move liable to...
  • Gordon Brown: I love the USA (wants to make ties even stronger)

    11/12/2007 1:50:29 PM PST · by Stoat · 26 replies · 73+ views
    The Sun (U.K.) ^ | November 12, 2007 | David Wooding
      Gordon Brown: I love the USA   By DAVID WOODING Whitehall Editor Published: Today GORDON Brown yesterday quashed fears he wants to break Britain’s links with America — and vowed to make them even stronger. The Prime Minister moved to dispel unease over a minister’s claim that the two nations would no longer be “joined at the hip”.   Malloch-Brown ... isolated He hailed the US as “our most important ally over the years, a country that we share values with”. And Mr Brown added: “The strength of our relationship with America is incredibly important to the future...

    11/12/2007 11:32:14 AM PST · by UKrepublican · 8 replies · 66+ views
    PM TO SHOW ENTHUSIASM FOR US LINKGordon Brown will attempt to repair his battered relations with President Bush by insisting that the US remains Britain's closest ally. The Prime Minister will use his annual Mansion House foreign policy speech to try to quash speculation that he values transatlantic ties less than his predecessor, Tony Blair. He will also signal support for America's tough stance against Iran - insisting now is the time to "ratchet up" diplomatic pressure, and again refusing to rule out support for military strikes. A Downing Street source said Mr Brown was determined that there would be...
  • Sickness and sleepless nights – but Cherie Blair begged him to carry on

    10/29/2007 1:00:47 PM PDT · by UKrepublican · 12 replies · 96+ views
    Sickness and sleepless nights – but Cherie Blair begged him to carry onTony Blair was affected twice by the problem of a pounding heart during Prime Minister’s Questions in 2004 and was unwell throughout much of that year, it was disclosed today. Blair Unbound reveals that Mr Blair regularly asked himself in 2004 whether he should stay in office. Weighed down by the Iraq war aftermath, the Hutton inquiry, a constant war of attrition with Gordon Brown, worries over his family as well as his own health, he questioned whether he would be able to command the domestic agenda or...
  • Britain 'On Board' For US Strikes On Iran

    10/07/2007 6:40:14 PM PDT · by blam · 65 replies · 1,422+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10-7-2007 | Tim Shipman
    Britain 'on board' for US strikes on Iran Tim Shipman in Washington Last Updated: 10:42am BST 07/10/2007 British defence officials have held talks with their Pentagon counterparts about how they could help out if America chose to bomb Iran. Washington sources say that America has shelved plans for an all-out assault, drawn up to destroy the Iranian nuclear facilities and take out the Islamist regime. The Sunday Telegraph has learned that President Bush's White House national security council is discussing instead a plan to launch pinpoint attacks on bases operated by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Quds force, blamed for training...
  • The faces of Iraqi freedom (Touching story of heroism, valor and sacrifice by British troops)

    09/03/2007 11:56:25 PM PDT · by Stoat · 15 replies · 2,527+ views
    The Sun (U.K.) ^ | September 4, 2007 | TOM NEWTON DUNN
    Legacy of sacrifice ... images of all the British soldiers who lost their lives in Iraq make up the face of Sgt Graham Hesketh, killed by a roadside bomb The faces of Iraqi freedom From TOM NEWTON DUNN Defence Editor in BasraSeptember 04, 2007       THIS is the face of freedom bestowed on Basra by British soldiers — made up of those who have died for the cause.  One hundred and sixty-eight have paid the ultimate price over the last four years so the Iraqi people could enter a new dawn of democracy.Today, The Sun takes pride in honouring...
  • Britain pulls out of downtown Basra base

    09/03/2007 7:08:23 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 44 replies · 847+ views
    Britain pulls out of downtown Basra base By DAVID RISING Associated Press Writer Iraqi soldiers hoisted the nation's flag over the Basra palace compound Monday after British troops withdrew from their last garrison in the city, leaving the country's second biggest city largely in the hands in the hands of Iranian-backed Shiite militias. At al-Asad Air Base west of Baghdad, meanwhile, President Bush made a surprise visit to Iraq, hoping to bolster his case that the buildup of U.S. troops is helping stabilizing the country. British vehicles rumbled out of the gates of the sprawling Basra Palace compound after dark...
  • Brown: Troops still have Iraq role (UK in Iraq)

    08/27/2007 4:27:41 PM PDT · by uksupport1 · 10 replies · 192+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 27th August 2007 | Press Association
    Gordon Brown... "an important job to do". In a letter to Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell, the Prime Minister rejected calls to set out a timetable for withdrawal. He said the military had "clear obligations to discharge", and it was wrong to say the continued presence of more than 5,000 personnel would "achieve little". "Decisions on UK force levels and posture in Iraq are dictated by conditions on the ground," Mr Brown added.... The message from the Premier is likely to be seen as an effort to reassure those who fear that Britain is wavering in its commitment to...
  • Brown (UK)talks of terror 'struggle' (British PM: 'no change of policy' on Iraq)

    07/31/2007 4:29:52 PM PDT · by uksupport1 · 4 replies · 281+ views
    BBC News (citing NBC interview) ^ | 31 July 2007 | BBC News Website
    The threat posed by terrorism is a "struggle for the soul of the 21st Century", Gordon Brown has said. "It is a war. We have had to fight a very big campaign," he said in an interview with NBC Nightly News.... Mr Brown told NBC: "I have got no doubt we are facing major campaigns by al-Qaeda inspired terrorists. "We know a large number of people would, if they could, destroy life and put at risk our infrastructure and we have got to be vigilant." He also said there would be no change of policy on Iraq and said an...
  • Prime Minister Brown Doesn't Hate The United States, or President Bush

    07/31/2007 4:24:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies · 344+ views
    Blogs for Bush ^ | July 31, 2007 | Mark Noonan
    Always remember, if you're hearing it in MSM chatter, its almost certain to be partially or entirely untrue - for months now, we've been told that with Prime Minister Blair out of office, the United States will have lost its only friend in the world...well, not quite: PRIME MINISTER BROWN: Thank you very much. Can I say, Mr. President, it's a great honor for me to come within a few weeks of becoming Prime Minister of the United Kingdom here to Camp David, to have been invited by you to have the discussions that we've just concluded, and to be...
  • U.S.-U.K. Leaders Reaffirm Objectives in Terror War

    07/30/2007 5:23:19 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 237+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 30, 2007 – The United States and Great Britain share common values and “an obligation … to work for freedom and justice around the world,” President Bush said today in a joint news conference with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown at Camp David, Md., today. “After all, we're writing the initial chapters of what I believe is a great ideological struggle between those of us who do believe in freedom and justice and human rights and human dignity and cold-blooded killers who will kill innocent people to achieve their objectives,” Bush said. Both men said they will...
  • Partnership for the Ages (Op-Ed by British Prime Minister Gordon Brown)

    07/30/2007 12:00:22 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 5 replies · 483+ views
    Washington Post ^ | July 30, 2007 | Prime Minister Gordon Brown
    Within a few weeks of becoming prime minister of Great Britain, I have come to the United States to affirm the historic partnership of shared purpose that unites our two countries. Outside observers may think of even great alliances only in narrow, 19th-century terms: treaties of convenience driven forward by nothing more than mutual needs and current interests. Yet I believe our Atlantic partnership is rooted in something far more fundamental and lasting than common interests or even common history: It is anchored in shared ideals that have for two centuries linked the destinies of our two countries. Winston Churchill...
  • Live Thread: President Bush and Prime Minister Brown News Conference (7/30/07)

    07/30/2007 8:29:29 AM PDT · by kristinn · 14 replies · 778+ views
    Monday, July 30, 2007 | Kristinn
    President Bush and Prime Minister Brown will be holding a news conference this morning at Camp David. The expected time was 11:25 a.m. EDT.
  • Brown, Bush reaffirm shared values

    07/30/2007 9:59:42 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 434+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/30/07 | Ben Feller - ap
    CAMP DAVID, Md. - British Prime Minister Gordon Brown told President Bush Monday he shares the U.S. view that there are "duties to discharge and responsibilities to keep" in Iraq. "Our aim, like the United States is, step-by-step, to move control to the Iraqi authorities," Brown said, joining Bush at a news conference at the president's Maryland mountaintop ranch. Brown hinted that a decision about troops levels would be made soon, while assuring that such a determination would be based "on the military advice of our commanders on the ground," thus echoing language often heard from Bush. Indeed, minutes later,...
  • Bush, Brown say they're on same Iraq page

    07/30/2007 10:38:55 AM PDT · by uksupport1 · 8 replies · 262+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 30th July 2007 | Associated Press (MSNBC)
    CAMP DAVID, Md. - British Prime Minister Gordon Brown told President Bush Monday he shares the U.S. view that there are “duties to discharge and responsibilities to keep” in Iraq. “Our aim, like the United States is, step-by-step, to move control to the Iraqi authorities,” Brown said, joining Bush at a news conference at this mountaintop presidential retreat. Brown hinted that a decision about British troop levels was coming soon, while assuring that such a determination would be based “on the military advice of our commanders on the ground,” thus echoing language often heard from Bush....
  • Staunch allies

    07/30/2007 1:45:24 PM PDT · by UKrepublican · 2 replies · 201+ views
    Staunch allies July 30, 2007 THE Special Relationship is in Gordon Brown’s hands now. He is right to praise George Bush for leading the war on terror. The President has shown resilience and toughness just when the free world needed it. But the war against terrorist extremism has not been won. Nor will it be for many, many years. That’s why the world needs Mr Brown to take up where Tony Blair left off to preserve our way of life. Our two countries share the same values of liberty and democracy. Labour MPs and Europeans who are foolish enough to...
  • Osprey deck landing is a Royal Navy 'first' for Illustrious

    07/12/2007 4:48:52 PM PDT · by Rikstir · 4 replies · 705+ views
    uk MoD ^ | 12 july 07 | uk MoD
    HMS Illustrious has become the first Royal Navy ship to embark a US Marine Corps Bell/Boeing MV-22 Osprey aircraft onto its deck during a joint exercise in the United States. The landing, which comes ahead of a US-led Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFX) on the Eastern seaboard of the United States, was the first time that an Osprey has embarked in a non-US vessel anywhere in the world. The MV-22 Osprey, the world's first tilt-rotor aircraft, has a unique vertical take-off and landing capability. It is ideally suited to working from the deck of HMS Illustrious, which is currently the...
  • Blair hands resignation to Queen.

    06/27/2007 5:35:07 AM PDT · by Brit_Guy · 39 replies · 1,050+ views | 27th June | BBC
    Tony Blair has left Downing Street and travelled to Buckingham Palace, where he will hand in his resignation as prime minister to the Queen. Earlier, he received a standing ovation from MPs in the House of Commons in unprecedented scenes at the end of his final prime minister's questions. Politicians from all sides dropped their usual jibes to pay tribute to Mr Blair during the half hour session. His long-serving chancellor, Gordon Brown, succeeds him as PM later. Mr Blair and his wife Cherie made the short journey from Downing Street to the Palace by ministerial Jaguar - a car...
  • British Heroes in Afghanistan

    06/23/2007 10:57:23 AM PDT · by uksupport1 · 6 replies · 315+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 06/10/2007 | Thomas Harding
    As bullets and rockets flew around him, L/Cpl Oliver "Teddy" Ruecker had to make a choice: to keep his head down or risk his life to save one of his comrades. L/Cpl 'Teddy' Ruecker braved a barrage of bullets to save a comrade "I didn't really think at the time. I just did it," he said. What 20-year-old L/Cpl Ruecker did could now lead to him receiving the military's highest decoration, the Victoria Cross. His company commander described his actions as "outstanding heroism" but there was no indication of the drama to come when the unit left the British base...
  • UK feared US would nuke Afghanistan: ex-ambassador

    06/18/2007 10:34:28 PM PDT · by gandalftb · 21 replies · 730+ views
    Daily Times/ Daily Mirror ^ | Tuesday, June 19, 2007 | staff
    LONDON: Britain joined the United States’ invasion to oust the Taliban in 2001 because it feared America would “nuke the shit” out of Afghanistan, the former British ambassador to Washington reportedly told a television documentary to be screened on Saturday. In comments printed in advance in the Daily Mirror tabloid on Monday, Christopher Meyer said that fear explained why Prime Minister Tony Blair chose to stand with US President George Bush in his decision to invade Afghanistan in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks — to temper his aggressive battle plans.. “Blair’s real concern was that there would...
  • Britain feared US would 'nuke' Afghanistan: ex-diplomat

    06/17/2007 7:59:32 PM PDT · by james500 · 34 replies · 1,054+ views
    AFP via Breitbart ^ | Jun 17 10:04 PM US/Eastern
    Britain joined the United States' invasion to oust the Taliban in 2001 because it feared America would "nuke the s***" out of Afghanistan, the former British ambassador to Washington reportedly told a television documentary to be screened Saturday. In comments printed in advance in the Daily Mirror tabloid on Monday, Christopher Meyer said that fear explained why Prime Minister Tony Blair chose to stand with US President George W. Bush in his decision to invade Afghanistan in the immediate aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks -- to temper his aggressive battle plans. "Blair's real concern was that there...
  • Gordon Brown In Iraq To 'Look And Learn'

    06/11/2007 2:55:59 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 4 replies · 464+ views
    Sky News (excerpt) ^ | June 11, 2007
    Excerpt - Gordon Brown has flown to Baghdad to assess the security, political and economic situation in Iraq. He has told Sky News that mistakes have been made since the country was invaded in 2003. Mr Brown, who takes over from Tony Blair on June 27, told Sky News' Political Editor Adam Boulton he was on a "learning and listening" mission. The Chancellor is to have talks with the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki and is due to meet British troops. ~ snip ~
  • Western Allies In the Twilight

    05/19/2007 11:31:38 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 7 replies · 447+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Sunday, May 20, 2007 | David S. Broder
    The two wounded warriors stood side by side in the sunshine of the White House Rose Garden. Tony Blair and George Bush, partners in a transatlantic alliance that has come a cropper in Iraq, tried to shield each other from the slings and arrows of two nations' reporters. Bush upbraided British journalists for "trying to do a tap dance" on the "political grave" of the soon-to-depart prime minister. Blair chided European politicians who, seeking what he called "the easiest round of applause, get up and attack America" and its president. By the end of an agonizing half-hour news conference, what...
  • Thatcher urges anti-terror unity

    09/11/2006 6:20:16 AM PDT · by AdAstraPerArdua · 34 replies · 621+ views
    BBC News ^ | Monday, 11 September 2006 | BBC News
    Lady Thatcher says Britain must stand shoulder to shoulder with the US in the fight against terrorism. The ex-Conservative prime minister, in Washington to commemorate 9/11, warned: "We must not falter. We must not fail." She spoke as current Tory leader David Cameron called anti-Americanism "intellectual and moral surrender". But Mr Cameron also called for greater "humility and patience" in foreign policy and called himself a liberal conservative, not a neo-conservative. 'Barbarism' Baroness Thatcher's comments came in a statement from the White House where she accompanied members of the US Cabinet to take part in a solemn ceremony to mark...
  • Britain Offers More Troops For Afghanistan If Allies Refuse

    09/09/2006 8:13:52 PM PDT · by blam · 6 replies · 350+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 9-10-2006 | Mark Townsend
    Britain offers more troops for Afghanistan if allies refuse Mark Townsend, defence correspondent Sunday September 10, 2006 The Observer (UK) More British troops and helicopters are on standby for deployment to Afghanistan, a highly controversial development that will compound unease over UK operations in the increasingly volatile Helmand province. If other members of the Nato alliance refuse to supply the reinforcements of soldiers and equipment demanded by its military chief, Whitehall sources have conceded for the first time that extra UK troops will make up the shortfall. Despite concerns that the British army is being stretched too far, The Observer...
  • Why Blair is standing by Bush now

    07/27/2006 6:39:36 AM PDT · by Pokey78 · 10 replies · 676+ views
    The Spectator (U.K.) ^ | 07/29/06 | Irwin Stelzer
    Whether Tony Blair decides to oblige the braying Brownites and step down at the next party conference, or hang in there until the 2007 Labour party gathering, doesn’t much matter when it comes to appraising the much-mocked Blair–Bush relationship. In relatively short order, both men will have reached the end of their careers in electoral politics, bringing to a close an amazing relationship between your Prime Minister and my President. And one that is badly misunderstood. Not by chance. Pundits and pols on your side of the ocean have a stake in proving that Tony Blair is George Bush’s poodle,...