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Brown’s foreign policy 4th August 2007

There are promising early signs that Gordon Brown will not continue the Iraq policy of his predecessor. As Daniel Litvin points out in his piece on the Iraq oil industry (August), the Anglo-American invasion has already provided rich lessons in “blowback.” But as pressure rises on Brown to “stay the course,” he should take heart from Harold Wilson’s refusal to support America’s Vietnam war, despite strong urging.

Iraq is Tony Blair’s outstanding failure, without which his diplomacy, especially in Africa and Europe, has been creditable. Unfortunately, Iraq overshadows every other foreign policy matter,…

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