Going it Alone

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photoSecretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld made it clear he doesn't thinks America needs support from allies to act on Iraq. He even quoted Churchill to make the point. But what would going it alone mean? And what would it mean for America's relationship with Britain?

Prime Minister Blair has been America's staunchest ally in the war on terror and America's relationship with the country "across the pond" is rich and storied. Right now, there's still support for Washington's Iraq policy at 10 Downing Street, but polls show that most Britons oppose it. In this hour, American unilaterialism and the British factor. Should America go it alone? Is unilateralism the only way, or the wrong way to go about fighting wars in the 21st century?


Geoffrey Wheatcroft, British journalist, historian, and author of "The Controversy of Zion: Jewish Nationalism, the Jewish State and the Unresolved Jewish Dilemma," wrote an editorial entitled "An Uncertain Ally on Iraq" in today's New York Times

Joe Nye - Dean of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and author of "The Paradox of American Power: Why the World's Only Superpower Can't Go It Alone"

This program aired on August 29, 2002.


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