US politics

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…

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,…