This morning Iain Dale has written an insightful piece about the David Cameron's speech saying - quite rightly I think - that Cameron is not an anti-american as has been inferred by the Telegraph. The line being put out on this speech in most of the press, is that Cameron is breaking with the "neocons" in the White House and taking up the in vogue anti-american position.
However, whilst some on the right here and also in the US see Cameron as some sort of lefty fop, I'm not sure that is really true, and I'm not really sure whther the speech shows that either. If you read it, it appears to simply restate British foreign policy with the added caveat that we intend to be louder about our disagreements with the US than we have been under Blair.
For some reason though a number of commentators inist on saying Cameron's break with the US is evident where he says, "Bombs and missiles are bad ambassadors. They win no hearts and minds; they can build no democracies. There are more tools of statecraft than military power."
However, surely that position is precisely inline with the current thinking in the US State Department (take it's current approach to Iran for example). You'll note though that Cameron does not say the fundamental aim of building democracies is wrong. He merely states there are many ways in which to do it. He also says he wants to retain the "strengths of the neo-conservative approach" but acknowledge where the approach has failed. Again I think this is inline with the US State Department today isn't it?
For some reason all I can think of is a police cordon with someone saying "Move along, there really is nothing to see here".