Could the End of Blair Spell Trouble for US?

Whenever the leader of a key country in the world steps down, there will always be unrest. With Tony Blair stepping down as Prime Minister of England, this is no different. While England has been a great ally to the US, who knows what will happen with the new leader. Mr. Blair has been in office for ten years now and his resignation has come as a shock to some.

The heir apparent is Gordon Brown and he has already begun making promises to his countrymen. One of the most controversial decisions during Blair’s reign was his decision to back the US and invade Iraq and Afghanistan. While the British people have not taken this very well, UK troops are still over there fighting. But with Brown coming into office (so it would seem), will that change? Will America be left fighting this battle alone? (I realize we do have the support of other countries, but the exit of the UK would be a big hurter.)

So who knows what will happen. We can only hope for the best.

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  1. The British were great support to the U.S. having at one stage, 44,000 troops in Iraq. I believe the current figure is some 7000 and soon to go down further.

    In preparation for taking over from Blair, Brown has visited British troops in the southern Iraqi city of Basra and he said on Saturday: “I will continue to keep in touch with them and I will be visiting again fairly soon”,and added, “I want to make my own assessment of the situation and to listen to what they have to say, to listen to what the troops have to say themselves and then to listen to what the authorities in Iraq have to say,” he told BBC Radio. Asked if he would set a timetable for British withdrawal, he said, “I don’t think at this stage you pre-set a date.

    It is worth noting that Brown actively supported Tony Blair decisions regarding Iraq so it seem foolish to do an about face once he takes the helm. We can however expect a more moderate approach in future.

  2. I know what you mean about his support of Blair and that is something to be thankful for. But as you said, since they have been pulling out troops already, what’s to say they don’t go ahead and keep that up. Its just cause for concern.

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