Special Relationship? How quickly they forget….

September 29, 2010

So much for “Hilly-Milly”.

Just last year U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gushed to Vogue magazine about  former British Foreign Secretary David Miliband,  calling the young diplomat a dashing addition to the international scene. AFGHANISTAN/

“Well, if you saw him it would be a big crush. I mean, he is so vibrant, vital, attractive, smart. He’s really a good guy. And he’s so young!” Clinton said in remarks that provoked a spate of joking British tabloid headlines about the new “special relationship” between the United States and Britain.

Well, absence doesn’t appear to have made the heart grow any fonder. Asked on Wednesday if she had any advice for Miliband following his decision to bow out of frontline politics after losing a Labour Party leadership contest to his younger brother, Clinton was brief.

“I have no advice for anyone in politics. I’m out of politics. I obviously wish him well and I am very intrigued by the interesting political dynamics that are occuring inside the United Kingdom,” Clinton said, before launching into a positive assessment of the state of relations with Britain’s current government.

Asked again if she had any farewell words for Miliband, Clinton finally managed a few: “I enjoyed working with him and wish him well.”

It was left to visiting German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle to sum up Miliband’s exit from the international diplomatic round robin, where new faces appear in the wake of every big election.

“No, we will miss him, of course. He was an excellent colleague,” Westerwelle said.

“We really appreciated his work — but one door was closed and other doors will get open.”

Photo credit: Reuters/Stefan Wermuth (Clinton waves as she stands with Miliband on Jan. 28)

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