The State of U.S. Relations with Britain

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Tonight, Prime Minister Tony Blair arrives at President George W. Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas. Publicly, the two leaders are still standing shoulder-to-shoulder but is their relationship destined to become more distant?

In the war on terror, Britain has been one of the United States' staunchest allies, thanks largely to Blair. He sent the largest deployment of British troops since the Gulf War into Afghanistan. He has been a bridge between the U.S. and Europe.

But as the crisis in the Middle East deepens, members of Blair's own Labour Party have begun to criticize his unwavering support of Bush's war plans. On Point asks, can Tony Blair continue to bridge the widening gap between the United States and Europe?


Geoffrey Wheatcroft, British journalist, historian and author of "The Controversy of Zion: Jewish Nationalism, the Jewish State and the Unresolved Jewish Dilemma."

Julian Borger, U.S. correspondent for The Guardian (UK) and former Middle East correspondent (1996 to 1998).

This program aired on April 5, 2002.


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