It's one of the many things I wish Thatcher had changed her mind on. That and Northern Ireland. I feel exactly the same way about Blair and Iraq, I feel that when Blair left, Brown became PM with an albatross around his neck regarding siding with the US on Iraq. I was discussing the 2010 election at work and I said I don't know who to support but I hate hate hate HATE the fact that Labour sided with the US on Iraq, it just went contrary to whatever they tried to achieve during Thatcher's years.
I don't know whether she recanted on it but certainly the Tories had changed their minds on the issue.
And as an American living in Britain, I can honestly tell you that Thatcher, and people WILL scoff at me for saying so, is she was more to the left of the American Democratic Party than people would like to attest to on many many issues. Just not issues like apartheid and Northern Ireland. In fact, she'd probably be more liberal than Hillary Clinton and that's saying something.