US politics

General Conway versus the Commander-in-Chief

25 August 2010 12:18

President Obama’s folly in setting a fixed date to start troop withdrawals from Afghanistan has been highlighted by the US…

The worrying opposition to the ‘Ground Zero Mosque’

19 August 2010 11:11

I’m a neo-conservative, a hawk in the war against Islamist extremism, which is why I’m so worried by the opposition…

Strategic differences

16 August 2010 13:49

When President Obama asked General Petraeus to take over the Afghan command after General McChrystal’s Rolling Stone implosion, there was…

Obama defeats our shameful libel laws

11 August 2010 16:17

Here’s one divergence between the US and the UK where we can all get behind our American brethren. Yesterday, Barack…

Maintaining the private sector motor

9 August 2010 9:27

There’s a lot of economic speculation swirling around the Westminster washbowl at the momment, but little of it is as…

Will Zardari’s meeting with Cameron go like this?

3 August 2010 18:48

After his stark warning earlier, it’s worth remembering that President Zardari can be quite cheerful in person. I’m grateful to…

All for show?

21 July 2010 9:11

Gordon Brown will be seething, and with some justification: he never got photo-ops like these with Barack Obama. Shots of…

A special relationship in the making?

20 July 2010 9:15

I’ve spent the morning contending with the WSJ’s Heath Robinson-esque subscription service so you don’t have to. Inside the paper,…

A help or a hindrance?

19 July 2010 14:28

The Washington Post today publishes the first part of its series on the intelligence bureaucracy that has grown up in…

Was Carter right?

15 July 2010 23:27

Today marks the 31st anniversary of President Jimmy Carter’s famous ‘malaise’ speech. On July 15, 1979, Carter, then running for…

Europe rises from its slumber

15 July 2010 13:56

Emblazoned across the Times is the headline: ‘Europe warns Obama: this relationship isn’t working.’ The piece is teeming with quotations…

Robert Byrd, 1917-2010

28 June 2010 13:05

Robert Byrd, the longest serving Senator in American history, has died aged 92. Byrd will be remembered not only for…

Why Obama did not consider pulling out of Afghanistan

26 June 2010 19:23

The implosion of General McChrsytal’s career has refocused attention on Afghanistan. Reading Peggy Noonan’s column on the subject I was…

Obama wants ‘global concert’ to delay cuts

25 June 2010 15:47

G20 summits are usually turgid affairs, but this one has some (limited) potential. Relations between the White House and Britain…

Hail to the chief

24 June 2010 9:02

How wrong I was. President Obama, lambasted by his critics for being ponderous, has acted with lightening speed: less than…

General concern

23 June 2010 10:39

The Taliban are expanding their area of influence, NATO allies are eager to leave Afghanistan, the forthcoming parliamentary elections are…

Hayward in the stocks

17 June 2010 21:47

American politics often plays like a bloodsport, but the appearance of BP’s Tony Hayward before a congressional hearing today has…

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…