"Mr Alexander said: "In the 20th century a country's might was too often measured in what they could destroy.""
Yep—if only because that's what 'might' actually means. With all due respect: go smoke a cock, Your Highness. What's the new measure going to be? The number of treaties we're all signed up to? Smashing stuff—hand me a pen and hear me roar!
"In the 21st century strength should be measured by what we can build together. And so we must form new alliances, based on common values, ones not just to protect us from the world, but ones which reach out to the world." He described this as "a new alliance of opportunity".
You mean like the Axis powers of WWII did? Sharing as they did the common values of fascist imperialism... fuck me. "Butterflies are pretty," quoth the minister "and every child shall have fruit". What is this tosh? It's not 'I have a dream' is it? Yet we're supposed to believe that these soppy platitudes from the mouth of a tertiary flunky will send ripples of anxiety through the US Government. Get fucking real.
"He added: "We need to demonstrate by our deeds, words and our actions that we are internationalist, not isolationist, multilateralist, not unilateralist, active and not passive, and driven by core values, consistently applied, not special interests.""
(Say what? Our deeds and our actions? That's a pretty steep order. Are we up to it?)
So what are your 'core values' you fucking ninny? The belief that democracy is a force for good wherever it takes root? That we should be active in promoting it - even to the point of war? That we should join alliances that we believe are right - even in the teeth of opposition of people who don't agree with us?
I'm not saying that the Iraq war was the best executed idea this side of the Breville Sandwich Maker, but you can't really argue that cowering in the bunker like the French represented 'internationalist, active action' (although it did sit well with France's consistent 'values'—sell arms to a murderous dictatorship whilst proclaiming to be the protectors of peace with typically Gallic irony).
Thank fuck it's Friday.