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U.K.'s Cameron: U.S., Britain Lack 'Patience and Humility'

Tuesday, 12 September 2006 12:00 AM

LONDON -- David Cameron, the U.K.'s leader of the Conservative Party, yesterday attacked American and British foreign policy, claiming that both governments lacked "patience and humility." His criticism of U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair's policy, accused the government of "slavish" support of the United States.

"We have never, until recently, been uncritical allies of America. We have for more than half a century acted as a junior partner to the United States . . . I worry that we have recently lost the art."

Cameron's speech, although critical of President Bush and Prime Minister Blair, accusing them of creating "foreign policy designed to fit into a headline," contradicted himself when he stated early on, "there is no list of demands we can accept and no group of terrorists we could meet and negotiate with — even if we wanted to — to stop the attacks."

Having accused President Bush and Prime Minister Blair of creating headlines, he then contradicted himself again when he went on to say: "We are justified in using pre-emptive force when an attack on us is being prepared, and when all means of peaceful dissuasion and deterrence have failed."

Cameron has angered many in his own party, including his former iconic leader, Margaret Thatcher, who, on hearing Cameron's attack, commented to reporters, "This heinous attack upon America was an attack upon us all."

David Cameron attempted to explain that "Liberty grows from the ground. It cannot be dropped from the air by an unmanned drone," He sighted South Africa as his example.

Another snub on former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, from his interview with The Guardian newspaper a few days previously, Cameron criticized the Thatcher administration on their foreign policy saying, "it was wrong to have branded Nelson Mandela's African National Congress as 'terrorists' and to have opposed sanctions against the apartheid regime in South Africa."

Conservative right-wingers have been desperately trying to repair the damage caused by former Conservative Party Leader Michael Howard, when he openly criticized America's efforts in Iraq.

With Cameron's undiplomatic record so far, it is questionable as to whether, as leader of the Conservative Party, he is fit to become prime minister. Tony Blair and the Labour Party may well have made many mistakes in Britain; however, Prime Minister Blair harnessed and strengthened the vital relationship between Britain and America.

Winston Churchill's relationship with Franklin D. Roosevelt, Margaret Thatcher's with Ronald Reagan, and John Major's with George H.W. Bush, were all as partners. Cameron's speech yesterday was not a promotion of partnership, but one of bitter resentment. It goes further to indicate that Cameron, a liberal-conservative, would prefer to sit at a negotiating table, waiting for the terrorists who will never arrive to join him, rather than accept what he already promoted previously, "Action now!"

Sadly, Cameron's ill-advised comments in yesterday's speech, has only added fuel to feelings of anti-Americanism that existed in Britain before. His assurance that Conservatives understand what is needed in a relationship with America, clearly separates him from main stream Conservatives who really do know, and value, a strong relationship with America.

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