Originally posted by: jarathoon
Ever since the US managed to get sack Jack Straw sacked as Foreign Secretary, it has been clear that the US has a veto on our foreign policy.
The US has assumed the right to dictate British foreign policy ever since the day when Churchill and Roosevelt met on the USS Augusta.
So what ever you think of William Hague and the Foreign Office, it would be nice to know the difference between what they would like to say and what the US Ambassador allows them to say.
A strong foreign secretary has the courage to stick his foot down and stand up to British interests rather than those of Uncle Sam. Being a friend is not the same thing as being a lackey.
"Foreign Secretary says UK open to better relations with Iran on a step-by-step and reciprocal basis."
"The Foreign Secretary reiterated the need for urgent progress to resolve the international community's concerns about Iran's nuclear programme. He made clear that the UK was open to improvements in the bilateral relationship with Iran, on a step-by-step and reciprocal basis."
William Hague has probably realised that he has behaved in a reactionary and unprofessional way and has to start making mends.
I would have liked to have seen just one word from the Foreign Secretary distancing the UK from the unfortunately timed US policy of ratcheting up Iranian sanctions just as Iran vote's in a new president.
It is just strikes me as arrogant, and disrespectful of basic human norms and manners, for the USA to attempt to burn new diplomatic bridges for no good reason prior to even hearing from the new president; especially given that the majority of Iranians alive today were born after the 1979 Iranian Revolution and Embassy Crisis.
You also have to take into account the influence of Israel in the relationship between the US and Iran.