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Monday, July 30, 2007

Gordon Brown Praises George Bush

The Sun Online characterizes Brown's words as stunning critics by praising Bush, but by all accounts the meeting between Gordon Brown and George Bush went well.

GORDON Brown last night praised George Bush for leading the global war on terror — saying the world owed America a huge debt.

The Prime Minister vowed to take Winston Churchill’s lead and make Britain’s ties with America even stronger.

Mr Brown stunned critics by THANKING President Bush for the fight against Islamic extremism, and insisted the UK-US relationship will be his No1 foreign policy priority.

He said on his first visit to the President’s US retreat at Camp David: “Winston Churchill spoke of the ‘joint inheritance’ of our two countries.”

The PM said that meant “a joint inheritance not just of shared history but shared values founded on a shared destiny”.

He added: “America has shown by the resilience and bravery of its people from September 11 that while buildings can be destroyed, values are indestructable.

“We acknowledge the debt the world owes to the US for its leadership in this fight against international terrorism.”

The AP characterizes it as Bush and Brown reaffirming shared values.

CAMP DAVID, Md. - British Prime Minister Gordon Brown told President Bush Monday he shares the U.S. view that there are "duties to discharge and responsibilities to keep" in Iraq.

"Our aim, like the United States is, step-by-step, to move control to the Iraqi authorities," Brown said, joining Bush at a news conference at the president's Maryland mountaintop ranch.

Brown hinted that a decision about troops levels would be made soon, while assuring that such a determination would be based "on the military advice of our commanders on the ground," thus echoing language often heard from Bush.

Indeed, minutes later, in response to a question, Bush said: "The decisions on the way forward in Iraq must be made with a military recommendation as an integral part of it."

CNN characterizes Brown's words as Britain Britain "absolutely" shares President Bush's philosophy on the war on terror.

By all account, although some differ on nuances, the meeting went well and Britain will remain a friend of America as well as a partner in the Global War on Terror.

Good for Brown and Bush.

[Update] The Prime Minister has a written statement in Wapo.

Go. Read it. Its good.

[Update #2] The White House has the comments from the Bush/Brown press conference.

Also another Wapo article "Bush/Brown present United Front on Iraq"