US politics

Events that are shaking the special relationship

10 June 2010 17:57

Barack Obama knows language and innuendo: he will know what he’s doing by deploying what Boris Johnson rightly calls “anti-British…

What can Cameron do about Obama’s war against BP?

10 June 2010 12:41

Very little is my immediate answer. The President’s approval ratings are biting the dust. Powerless to stem the tide of…

Obama’s antagonism to BP is rooted in desperation and prejudice

8 June 2010 12:10

To all bar Tony Hayward, it is clear that BP is finished in America. A Macarthyite degree of opprobrium has…

Taliban talks

7 June 2010 17:59

Richard Holbrooke, the U.S. diplomat in charge of Afghanistan and Pakistan affairs said Washington has now publicly made clear the…

War, Statesmen and Soldiers

30 May 2010 11:46

Fifteen days ago Newsweek had an extract, no not from Alistair Campbell’s diaries, but about something that actually matters –…

A new Afghanistan strategy

27 May 2010 17:00

In opposition, the Conservatives pursued an AfPak policy that can best be described as loyal criticism – while they supported…

Climate kamikaze

26 May 2010 17:10

Several months ago, European leaders went to Copenhagen to save the planet. China, India and Brazil on the other hand…

Ex-Obama aide “worried” about Tory Euroscepticism

24 April 2010 18:00

One of Labour’s talking points during the election has been that even the US administration is worried about Conservative Europe…

Labour’s nuclear no-show

12 April 2010 17:39

Today, President Barack Obama hosts leaders from 46 countries for a two-day nuclear security summit that will focus on how…

Win one for the Gipper

8 April 2010 16:43

A Cameron government has the potential to change Britain – but not much else beside.  A Tory loss, however, could…

The neocons were right

27 March 2010 16:52

When your face has been slammed into a concrete pavement, as you take cover from the mortar fire, you struggle…

Mr Blond goes to Washington

19 March 2010 15:51

The Red Tory, Phillip Blond, is spreading the faith in the States. The New York Times’s David Brooks is impressed,…

US-Israeli spat ends, but may have long-term effects

19 March 2010 10:33

Week two and the US-Israeli spat has calmed. More than a dozen Republican and Democratic Congressmen have pressed the Obama…

Will we lose Turkey?

8 March 2010 11:39

Earlier this year, Transatlantic Trends, an annual survey of public opinion on both sides of the Atlantic, was published. Key…

NATO – with or without the US?

2 March 2010 15:54

Over on Foreign Policy magazine, Andrew J Bacevich and I are going at each other. Topic: the nature of the…

How British: a tea party

25 February 2010 11:16

Don’t you think that ‘The Ship Money Movement’ is a more appropriate name for a British anti-tax forum? You know,…

What can Cameron learn from Obama’s situation?

17 February 2010 10:33

President Obama was going to be different. He was going to learn from Jimmy Carter’s failures. He was going to…

The new AfPak strategy in action – decapitation, reintegration and reconciliation (DRR)

16 February 2010 9:03

It’s not quite the “we got him” moment, as when US soldiers unearthed the fugitive Iraqi dictator. But the capture…

The End of Charlie Wilson’s War

11 February 2010 10:42

Rarely are obituaries so full of parties, history-changing events and personal contradictions as those of ex-Congressman and rebel-armer Charlie Wilson,…

Why Osborne is getting it right on banking

22 January 2010 16:45

Oh dear. After Massachussetts, it seems like the usual sneering about “populist” politicians, and about voters who aren’t happy with…

Obama is playing politics

22 January 2010 12:09

FDR was plainly confident when he indicted the “practices of unscrupulous money lenders” during his 1933 inauguration address; Obama’s speech…

In a major blow to Obama, Democrats lose Ted Kennedy’s old Senate seat

20 January 2010 7:18

In a stunning result, the Republicans last night won Ted Kennedy’s old Senate seat in a special election in Massachusetts.…

Losing in Massachusetts

19 January 2010 18:09

It is a sign of the problems that Obama is having that on the eve of the anniversary of his…

Where’s the accountability?

8 January 2010 13:56

The verdict is in and just about every part of the US intelligence community failed to perform. The Solomonic decision…

Overcoming America’s intelligence woes

4 January 2010 16:24

The failed terrorist attack on a North West Airlines plane last month has reignited the debate about just what can…