In any case, did Mr Alexander's words really bear the weight being attributed to them? In a key passage he said: In the 20th century a country's might was too often measured in what it could destroy. In the 21st century strength should be measured by what we can build together. A minister responsible for International Development could hardly be expected to say anything else. Yet Mr Alexander's speech has been given widely differing interpretations even in Britain; yesterday the Independent said it represented another break from Blair's policies while the Daily Telegraph quoted from similar sentiments expressed by Mr Blair in a speech in Chicago in 1999.
By the way, for the record, Foreign Secretary David Milliband said last week that none of the world's biggest problems can be solved without the United States!
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