The remarks on Russia are dominating the headlines. But what grabbed my attention was how explicit Biden was about Afghanistan and Pakistan strategies now being one. As Biden put it:
no strategy for Afghanistan, in my humble opinion, can succeed without Pakistan.
I suspect, though, that it is this line which will have grabbed our Prime Minister’s attention:
President Obama looks forward to taking our message to the G20 meeting in London in April.
It is also worth noting that the speech contained a statement that the US would act unilaterally if necessary and that
“In the Muslim world, a small -- and I believe a very small -- number of violent extremists are beyond the call of reason. We will, and we must, defeat them.”
For all the differences in presentation, style and language, there is a considerable amount of continuity between the Bush and Obama approaches to foreign policy.