Theresa May executes classic British geopolitical intervention Despite the rapidly changing strategic balance in the world, British Prime Minister Theresa May is still pretending she hasn’t noticed anything. Thus, during her visit to the United States last week, she did her very best to ensure that President Donald Trump will not stray from the British geopolitical fold.

With great fanfare, she announced in Jan. 27 joint press conference at the White House that Her Majesty the Queen had invited Trump and his wife for a state visit later this year, and that he had accepted. Otherwise, she harped on the “special relationship” ad nauseam, repeatedly mentioning Ronald Reagan’s and Margaret Thatcher’s collaboration, gushing that “we’ve done everything together…we made the modern world,” and now, “we have the opportunity — indeed the responsibility — to renew the Special Relationship for this new age — the opportunity to lead, together, again.” Although Donald Trump has called NATO “obsolete”, the Prime Minister stated that they were both “100%” behind the alliance, while he said nothing about it. Speaking at a Republican Party retreat on Jan. 26, she warned that “America’s leadership role in NATO — supported by Britain — must be the central element around which the Alliance is built.”

On the same occasion, she lectured the Republicans that the policy on Russia should be to “engage but beware”- engage Russia from a position of strength, and assure the nations of Eastern Europe “that their security is not in question.” As concerns the possible lifting of sanctions against Russia, Trump responded at the press conference that while it’s too early to talk about this, “I hope we have a fantastic relationship with Russia. If we go after ISIS together, I will consider that a good thing…If we can have a great relationship with Russia and China, I’m all for that. It would be a tremendous asset.”

May quickly interjected that her government insists that sanctions remain in place until Russia fully complies with the Minsk process. Disagreement on some issues is natural, she added coyly, but does nothing to diminish the close relationship. In discussing the fight against Daesh and Islamic extremism, May told the GOP retreat that “we must work internationally,” but this apparently doesn’t mean rejecting regime-change. In an indirect acknowledgment of reality, Mrs. May did however express concern that countries with “little tradition of democracy, liberty and human rights — notably China and Russia — have grown more assertive in world affairs,” raising the fear that there may be an eclipse of the West, given the financial crisis “and its fallout.” Donald Trump’s Choice for Treas

Source : E.I.R.,Strategic Alert, Weekly Review

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