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There is anguish in Washington over Blair's battered majority, and a creeping fear that America's most reliable ally will not be so steadfast in the future

By Tumbler   June 2005

“The Brits are turning European” Well, it wasn’t as bad as Madrid, where José María Aznar’s pro-Bush and pro-war party was booted from power. But everyone in Washington now knows that Blair’s electoral battering means that the days are distinctly numbered for Bush’s closest ally. This is worse than just losing Tony, it is also losing that traditional and instinctive pro-Americanism of the wider British public. Former national security adviser Zbig Brzezinski is credited with this penetrating observation: “the Brits seem to be turning into Europeans,” along with its implication that this could be one of the biggest strategic disasters…

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