Monday, July 9, 2007

Miliband on British Middle East policy

Britain's new foreign secretary, David Miliband, was interviewed by the Financial Times. As I wrote elsewhere, Miliband said mostly nothing about the Middle East. There are positive aspects to this interview, but it is discouraging that the Foreign Office is unwilling to face evidence that Iran is responsible for trouble in Iraq.
As expected, he is playing the game of "answer the question you wanted them to ask, not the question they asked." Is military action conceivable, yes or no? Is there evidence of Iranian involvement in Iraq or not? You won't find out from a diplomat. He did seem to be saying that Britain will not be pulling out of Iraq any time soon. This is interesting in view of the crumbling support for US involvement in Iraq in the White House itself. If there are differences from previous foreign policy under Tony Blair, it is hard to find them in Milliband's statements.

Ami Isseroff
Cross posted:  Israel News     

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