Earlier in Mr Blair's tenure, similar foreign policy addresses were lauded. Now, several American commentators described them as just sad. Steven Clemons, of the American Strategy Programme at the New American Foundation thinktank, said that even after three years in Iraq Mr Bush showed little inclination to spend any of his dwindling political capital to support his friend's global causes. "I think George Bush's instincts don't want him to do any favours for Tony Blair," Mr Clemons said. "It's not going to happen."
The only bone thrown by Bush to Blair was UK access to Joint Strike Fighter software. Why was the UK even considering buying an aircraft it would not fully control?