US Embassy Cable Quotes Warmonger William Hague: ‘Tories Share Labour’s Policy’
A Wikileaks-leaked US Embassy cable from 2008 quoted Tory Foreign Secretary William Hague assuring visiting American senators that his party “shared the Labour foreign policy agenda” in waging war on Afghanistan.
The revelation, which has confirmed that there is in fact no difference at all between Labour and Tories, also showed that the only reason why the Tory government had not committed more troops to Iraq was political, or, as Mr Hague explained, “the moment had passed.”
The meeting, held in David Cameron’s office while he was Leader of the Opposition on 20 March 2008, included US Senators John McCain, Joseph Lieberman and Lindsey Graham, accompanied by Senate staff Richard Fontaine and Dan Serchuk, Poloff Kirsten Schulz and the American ambassador in London.
The Tory attendees were listed as Mr Cameron, Mr Hague, George Osborne, Liam Fox, Michael Howard, Dame Pauline Neville-Jones and Chief of Staff Edward Llewellyn.
The cable said that “Hague noted the Conservatives largely share the Labour foreign policy agenda.”
It continued: “Cameron said Prime Minister Brown did not have the political support to increase the British troop presence in Iraq, saying ‘that moment has passed.’
“Hague seconded Cameron's assessment,” the cable said.
Significantly, Mr Cameron then asked Senator McCain if British plans for a withdrawal from Iraq should continue, “given that [Her Majesty’s Government] HMG could not both maintain a presence in Iraq and build up its role in Afghanistan.”
The cable went on to spell this out in detail: “Cameron told McCain that he and his party focused on Afghanistan as the key foreign police issue.
“This was due, not least, to the timeline for when the Conservatives might come into office (2010 or 2009 at the earliest) and the fact that British troops were meant to be out of Iraq by then.”
This comment reveals two things about the Tories: firstly, Mr Cameron in effect admitted that British foreign policy is dictated by American policy, and secondly that the “withdrawal from Iraq” was in fact merely an excuse to redeploy in greater strength in Afghanistan — and not a desire to end British involvement in foreign wars.
In response, Senator McCain said he understood that the then Prime Minister Gordon Brown “intended to withdraw British troops prior to the next election.”
The cable then quoted Mr Hague as saying that “Brown politically could not do otherwise,” confirming once again that the issue of party popularity was being put before the lives and interests of British soldiers.
* The cable also revealed that the Tories had been slavishly pursuing another American foreign policy aim since 2006, namely that of “pushing” for economic sanctions against Iran.
In response to a demand from Senator McCain that “Europe cut off all credit to Iran,” Mr Hague said “he and the Conservatives had been pushing for this for the last two years,” the cable said.
“Hague and Cameron alleged that the release of the National Intelligence Assessment had set back this effort,” it said.
The National Intelligence Assessment (NIA) to which Mr Hague referred was a report from the US’s Director of National Intelligence (DNI) which proved that Iran had no nuclear weapons, as continually alleged by the neo-con establishment of which the Conservative Party is firmly part.
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