Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Britian's Cabinet Blogger

Welcome aboard, Minister!

"Britain's world view is updated; Cabinet aide vows foreign policy shift" by David Stringer/Associated Press September 26, 2007

BOURNEMOUTH, England - Britain's new foreign policy chief promised a shift in how the country approaches international relations yesterday, citing humbling lessons of the Iraq war and signaling a fresh path from that of his graying predecessors.

[Believe it when I see it!]

David Miliband, the first Cabinet minister to write an online blog and one of the youngest at 42, told the annual conference of his Labor Party that he wants to keep talking with adversaries such as Iran, to empathize with Muslims, and to rid his department of stodgy aura.

[You going to dismantle the Police State and false-flag MI6 terrorist operations then?

You know, approach the Muslims without bombs but with LOVE?!!!]

He is trying to recruit American actress Angelina Jolie, a United Nations human rights ambassador, to add gloss and glamour to a campaign meant to engage people on foreign policy issues.

A regular on the video-sharing site YouTube, Miliband also hopes to enlist a younger generation of lawmakers to strike a softer tone when confronting global terrorism and climate change.

It is time to learn from mistakes of the past, Miliband told the conference. "We have to stop and think. The lesson is, it's not good enough to have good intentions."

Speaking after an address by Prime Minister Gordon Brown that was almost entirely focused on domestic policy, Miliband said London and Washington must accept that the Iraq war has tarnished their reputations.

"The lesson is that while there are military victories, there is never a military solution," he said, giving a first speech to the party in his new role and calling the unpopular Iraq war "divisive in our party and in our country."

It's too early to tell whether Miliband wants to take any radical new directions on policy, but it's clear he envisions a new manner.

Miliband is known for opening dialogue and voicing opinions that may break from government spin.

He raised concerns over the Iraq war with former prime minister Tony Blair, although he voted to authorize British involvement in the 2003 invasion. He also criticized Blair for refusing to call for an immediate Israeli cease-fire during the war with Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon.

[Aaaahhhhh, there will be no deviating from the Globalist plan, despite the high-falutin' blog babble by the good minister!!

:-) ]

He also is launching a new Foreign Office website today, saying the department must embrace the era of the Internet."