US raise concerns over Anglo-French Treaty

by Simon Black
French and British Leaders at conference
President Sarkozy and Prime Minister Cameron at the Anglo-French Summit, 2010

What is supposed to be a major step in the right direction has already found milestones to trip over along the way. Last night PM David Cameron was cautioned that the US are concerned with the groundbreaking French-UK deal and are considering to pull out of intelligence sharing.

The deal, signed yesterday, marks an interdependence between France and the UK. It is ultimately a pool of resources which each country will make benefit off. Sharing air carriers and nuclear intelligence will further the bond between the two allies and also benefit the financial climate and civilian safety in each country.

Although it marks a long-term companionship between European powers, there are concerns circulating across the Atlantic that the deal will cut ties with the US Government. John Bolton, a UN ambassador for the US, claims this deal could dramatically decrease the amount of intelligence the US will share with the UK. “‘Inevitably the risk with this is that American methods and sources will be compromised and it is going to have a very profound effect” Bolton told reporters in the wake of the deal.

John Bolton, US Ambassdor for the UN
John Bolton, US Ambassador for the UN

The US are apprehensive that they share classified information with the UK and this could be at risk with this new deal. France were opposed to the 2003 US invasion of Iraq and only recently rejoined the NATO command structure, and some could argue they are renowned for retreating over repleting.

‘There is a long track-record of duplicity on the French part” says Bernard Jenkin, a former Tory defense spokesman.

With the Republicans gaining in the mid-term elections the US are obviously already in uncertainty. The sharing of resources between European powers can only further fuel the uncertainty that a European Army may lie in the future. This fear is substantiated by  a specific part of the deal stating that either country can deploy troops at a single command and can use each deployment bases.

Mr Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy have stressed that the deal will further enhance the defense and attack capabilities of both countries while being a major landmark in compatibility between both powers.

Mr Sarkozy has stressed the deal “is unprecedented and it shows a level of trust and confidence between our two nations that is unequaled in history”. Mr Cameron suggested it is the “greatest bang for our buck”.