British Foreign Secretary William Hague, at the center of the new Cameron government’s efforts to show how little foreign policy will actually change with the ouster of Labour, was in DC today meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Hague touted Britain’s ties with the US as an enduring and “unbreakable alliance,” and promised to continue to support the US-led War in Afghanistan and the US-led hostility against Iran.
During the election debates, Liberal Democratic Party leader Nick Clegg repeatedly expressed his desire for a major shakeup, warning the nation must stop doing America’s bidding in all things foreign policy. The inclusion of Clegg in the coalition government raised several eyebrows, particularly after outgoing Prime Minister Gordon Brown accused him of being “anti-American.”
But Hague’s praise of US foreign policy suggests that little will actually have changed, and after a disappointing showing Clegg’s goals have been significantly paired back.
Ever the hawk, Hague’s first major foreign policy interview involved urging Britain to retain the possibility to attack Iran. Though Secretary Clinton claimed to have been “very intrigued” by the UK election, it seems the reality will be far less interesting than the debates.