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Support plummets for America’s ‘cowboy’ war

August 18, 2006

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— Amid plummeting public support in Britain for backing America's policy in the war on terror, Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott denied Thursday that he called President Bush a "cowboy with his Stetson hat" whose progress on a Middle East peace plan was "crap."

The tempest over Prescott's purported remarks in a private meeting with fellow Labor Party lawmakers underscored growing misgivings within the government of Prime Minister Tony Blair, who until now has been the Bush administration's strongest ally on Iraq, Afghanistan and, more recently, Lebanon.

Sharply declining public support for the U.S. lead in the war on terror was made clear with the release of a new poll on "the war on terror" that shows only 14 percent of respondents think Britain should continue to closely align its foreign policy with that of the United States.

Just 8 percent said they thought the war against terrorism announced by President Bush after the Sept. 11 attacks was being won, according to the poll, conducted this week for Spectator magazine.

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