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British Conservative Leader: No NeoCon

Monday, 11 September 2006 12:00 AM

LONDON -- David Cameron, the U.K.'s leader of the Conservative Party, will criticize anti-Americans for a ‘soundbite approach to foreign policy that sees only lightness and darkness in the world.'

Cameron's remarks, on the fifth anniversary of 9/11, are certain to be seen as an attack on the Bush administration's foreign policy. Supported by Prime Minister Tony Blair, the Conservative leader will claim that ‘humility and patience have been absent from the making of foreign policy in recent years.'

Although pro-American, Mr. Cameron will make certain references to elements of the U.S. administration. He will state clearly that he is a liberal conservative, and not a neoconservative.

In his most important address on security policy, David Cameron will make a fierce attack on anti-Americanism, "I find it extremely troubling how many people, not just in countries affected by war and instability, but here in the West, here in Britain, regard America as the world's worst power."

Although the controversial stand may affect recent efforts to build bridges with the Republicans, the Conservative leader will say of the Bush administration's approach to foreign policy, ‘They were unrealistic and simplistic.'

In an attempt to demonstrate that he and his party are very much pro-America, Cameron will go on to claim that he and his party are passionate supporters of the Atlantic alliance. "We believe in that alliance for emotional, historical and rational reasons . . . So when it comes to the special relationship with America, Conservatives feel it, understand it and believe in it."

Cameron will go on to say, "We do not have to worry about a divided party at home. It is precisely this strength of feeling that gives us the confidence to speak freely to any American administration. I believe that it is now vital for our strategic and security interests that we challenge anti-Americanism. That means reviving the best traditions of the special relationship. And it means developing with America a tough and effective foreign policy for the age of international terrorism: a policy that moves beyond neoconservatism, retaining its strengths but learning from its failures."

The Conservative leader's comments on this fifth 9/11 anniversary, may grate hard and badly with families of the victims of the terrorist attacks. Cameron will be seeking to distance himself from President Bush, his attack may be seen as a first step to a U.K. Conservative/U.S. Democratic alliance.

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LONDON -- David Cameron, the U.K.'s leader of the Conservative Party, will criticize anti-Americans for a 'soundbite approach to foreign policy that sees only lightness and darkness in the world.' Cameron's remarks, on the fifth anniversary of 9/11, are certain to be...
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