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With the British Conservative Party poised for a thunderous victory in the next general election, the
future appears bright for increased cooperation between the United
States and Great Britain in the War on Terror, according to a July 29 Heritage Foundation panel.

“Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s personal ratings are among the worst for
a British leader in modern history, with 70% of Britons dissatisfied
and just 17% approving,” said Niles Gardner, Director of the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom at the Heritage Foundation.

So what can the United States expect from a Conservative British
government? According to the expert panelists, a much more sensible
defense strategy.

An issue that has been a pervasive one in the U.S. news cycle as
November’s general election approaches has been time-tables for troop
withdrawal in Iraq. Dr. Liam Fox,
United Kingdom Shadow Secretary of State for Defense, left no doubts
about the position of the David Cameron-led Conservative party.

“We need to be more realistic about time scales. We don’t believe there
should be a time-table set for pulling our troops out of Iraq,” said
Dr. Fox, adding that “people have expected too much, too quickly.”

Dr. Fox also spoke to some of the problems looming on the horizon,
which a Conservative administration, as well as the next U.S.
president, will have to contend with.

“Russia is an emerging threat. They just began a $189 billion expansion of defense,” said Dr. Fox.

He added commentary on the current situation with Iran, saying “Iran
will continue to be a major issue,” and very quickly dispelled the
notion that living with a nuclear Iran is a viable option.

“First is the nature of the regime itself, which when they talk about
wiping Israel off the map they do not deserve to be in the family of
nations that are nuclear weapon states. They have proven themselves
willing to destabilize their neighbors and export terror,” Dr. Fox
said, and added that we could then face a nuclear arms race in the
world’s least stable region as countries such as Syria and Egypt would
likely seek to enter the fray.

Sir Crispian Cuss,
former Spokesman for the British Army, laid out the Conservative
party’s vision for the military: “The reason the U.S. succeeds is
because of good generalship and political will. What we don’t have
under this government is political will.”

Cuss discussed the
military’s shortcomings under the Labour government, saying that the
forces which the Conservative party would inherit are underfunded,
undermanned and underequipped due to the lack of support they received
both financially and morally from the Labour government.

Moving forward, Cuss outlined the Conservative party’s strategy for
improving the British military. “We need to make sure that resources
balance commitments. We need to identify and articulate what it is we
want to do and what we need to do it,” Cuss said.

With the Conservative party poised to seize a 180-plus seat majority in
Parliament, it appears that the next U.S. president will be working
with a United Kingdom that is much more defense-oriented and prepared
to support U.S. ventures in the war on terror, that is, if the next
president is so inclined.




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