A slice of American life as David Cameron visits

David Cameron (left) and Barack Obama at UN General Assembly in New York City on 21 September 2011

David Cameron will arrive in Washington to meet President Obama later on Tuesday and then they will go to Ohio together to watch a baseball game, before discussions focusing on Afghanistan, Syria and Iran.

In a joint article in the Washington Post, the two men say the USA and the UK have an "essential" relationship.

President Obama is really rolling out the red carpet for David Cameron, who's travelling with his wife, Samantha, as well as the foreign secretary and the chancellor.

They'll be greeted by a crowd on the White House lawn, then Mr Cameron will be the first foreign leader to travel with this president on Air Force One.

Business and glamour

They are going to see a basketball game in Ohio. The president is passionate about the sport and British diplomats say the prime minister sees the invitation as a compliment, stressing the value the president places on their friendship.

The serious business comes later, but in their joint article the two men call the relationship between the two countries special because "we count on each other and the world counts on our alliance".

It goes on to say they will discuss Afghanistan, which they describe as "a difficult mission"; Iran, where they agree there is time for a diplomatic solution; and Syria, where they say they will tighten the noose around President Assad.

There is a lot of serious business, but there will also be a lot of glamour, ending with a state dinner in the White House.

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    Comment number 246.

    245. powermeerkat
    I'm saying I disapprove of [mostly leftist] hypocritical attitudes, not that we should live up [or down] to their expectations. Responding legitimately to an attack does not excuse stupidity in execution or commission of war crimes. The Confederate prison at Andersonville is not something the US government has ever done the like of, and must not.

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    Comment number 245.

    McJacome: I have heard that the {Sherman's] scorched earth tactic [a reverse Fabian} was intended to cut the rebellion off at its roots and quickly end it. It seems to have succeeded [more than Bush or Obama plans].

    Are you suggesting we use some of our remaing 9MT warheads when dealing with Afghanistan, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan?

    And being acused of war crimes (by today standards)?

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    Comment number 244.

    McJakome (243),

    “... we get no points for scruples.”

    Neither did the Brits when they were on top. One way to identify a leader is to count the number of knives in his or her back.

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    Comment number 243.

    242. Chryses "It would today likely be judged a War Crime."
    Yes, and that would count as civilizational progress. If only every country present and future could be counted on not to regress. One thing the complainers ignore is that the US has never used the full power available to it, we get no points for scruples. Say we could have obliterated JPN or AFG, and be called a warmonger!

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    Comment number 242.

    McJakome (241),

    "... It [the scorched earth tactic] seems to have succeeded [more than Bush or Obama plans ..."

    It would today likely be judged a War Crime.


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