US politics

Cameron the ‘Tea Party Tory’

26 October 2010 13:19

David Cameron’s cuts agenda is winning him some unusual praise from the American hard Right — from the sort of…

The insidious fingers of Iran are all over Iraq

23 October 2010 14:35

Wikileaks is the story of the day. The Guardian has extensive coverage of unsubstantiated allegations made by unnamed Iraqis. That…

Obama 2.0

14 October 2010 17:16

The piece in the New York Times magazine this weekend on the Obama presidency illustrates how far he has fallen.…

The X-Factor

2 October 2010 16:24

Bob Woodwood could write a cookbook and it would be a bestseller, but Obama’s Wars, his latest book, will wreak…

‘It’s a bit of a riddle’

21 September 2010 18:55

Perhaps Donald Rumsfeld was right: the Coalition should not have gone for the ‘hard slog’ in Afghanistan (or Iraq). Hindsight…

Burning the Koran

8 September 2010 9:15

The US constitution cannot stop Pastor Terry Jones from burning 100 Korans to mark the 9th anniversary of 11 September, and…

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…