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America losing diplomatic leverage: Shape of things to come?

Read my new The US Can't Run the Show in the Middle East It's time for the Europeans to get more active in diplomatic efforts

and the read this latest piece of news from The Times(London) August 03, 2006

France moves in to fill the US vacuum
Foreign Editor's Briefing by Bronwen Maddox

THE US took a long step towards the position of France yesterday in
drawing up a United Nations resolution on the Lebanon crisis.

The text, which could be presented to the UN Security Council as early
as today, represents concessions by France, the US and Britain, but
its centre of gravity is closest to French views.

In a week when Tony Blair delivered his sharpest ever criticism of the
US's conduct of the War on Terror, this reflects a realignment of
loyalties and some weakening of US influence, which may extend beyond
this crisis.

Talks between the US, Britain and France, all Security Council
members, yesterday morning thrashed out agreement on the sequence of
next moves, but left big gaps in their co…