In Britain, A Prime Minister in Waiting
McGuire, Stryker, Newsweek
Byline: Stryker McGuire
There is no grander office in Whitehall than the tennis-court-size expanse of gilt, silk, burnished wood and hand-woven tapestries afforded Britain's secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. Still, the current occupant, David Miliband, should know better than to keep saying he pinches himself every morning. At 42, and having served as a minister under both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, the astute politician tucking into his breakfast yogurt and fruit smoothie amid the imperial splendor is less babe in the woods than prime minister in waiting.
With Brown stumbling after six months in office, the on-again, off-again Miliband ascendancy is on again. Once a high-profile devotee of Blair -- as his policy chief and then Environment minister -- Miliband successfully navigated the crossing to the Brown camp. A rebel band of Blairite "ultras" tried to get him to challenge Brown for the leadership of the Labour Party. He declined -- and instead assumed the role of rift-healer in chief.
The transatlantic relationship isn't in such dire need of mending (although Britain is heading for the exit in Iraq). Still, Miliband's pro-American credentials should serve Britain well. …