30 November 2006
Time to rethink Britain's foreign policy
Dr. Kendall Myers, an analyst with the American State Department, has begun the process of untangling Britain from the USA. He has gone on record as saying that the special relationship is nothing special as far as the Americans are concerned. He went on to argue that Britain should move closer to the EU on foreign policy matters, but is that an option that would truly be in the UK's interests?
Surely it would make more sense for the UK to coldly appraise the European situation? Russia is clearly the third strongest power on the continent. In second place comes the EU, or rather the Franco-German part of it. The strongest power is still the USA.
Looked at in this light, the possibilities for an independent UK are interesting. The UK could support whichever power bloc was best placed to suit its interests. What such a policy would require is a British government that actually believed in Britain: sadly, and since the time of Churchill, foreign policy has been largely handed over to the Americans.
If the Iraq disaster has any benefits at all, a long overdue reappraisal of Britain's role as America's poodle must surely be one of them.