British prime minister candidate Nick Clegg has expressed his opposition to the Iraq war, raised concerns about the mission in Afghanistan, and criticized Britain’s role in facilitating torture. In the UK’s second-ever prime ministerial TV debate last week, Prime Minister Gordon Brown unfairly accused the Liberal Democrat Clegg of being “anti-American.” On Morning Joe, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell echoed Brown’s attack on Clegg, saying that Clegg “is very anti-American” on certain foreign policy issues. Guest Zbigniew Brzezinski immediately rejected Mitchell’s claim:
MITCHELL: Nick Clegg, the LibDem candidate, is very anti-American on the subject of Iraq, Afghanistan and engagement.
BRZEZINSKI: I wouldn’t call him anti-American. I’m against Iraq too.
MITCHELL: I mean in terms of the special relationship.
BRZEZINSKI: No, I know what you mean. Yeah.
MITCHELL: He’s more of a skeptic.
BRZEZINSKI: But I think we need a Britain that plays a key role in Europe because then we’ll have a stronger European voice to which we’ll have to listen to seriously.