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Is Britain a useless poodle? International Herald Tribune 18th December 1997 Has Britain’s parroting of US foreign policy so diminished its standing as an independent force in world affairs as to make it more of a diplomatic encumbrance than an asset? A strong Britain, acting independently of the US, could have pre-empted Russia as mediator in the Iraq crisis and thereby forestalled Russian resurgence as a power in the middle east. Instead, Britain was dismissed by the Iraqi foreign minister as an American “stooge.” Two generations ago Britain was dominant in the region. It governed Palestine; it exercised suzerainty over…

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