Barak Obama has managed to needlessly alienate our closest ally by botching a visit by Prime Minister Gordon Brown of the United Kingdom. Britton and America have enjoyed a close relationship since the days of Roosevelt and Presidents of both parties have managed to be appreciative of these stalwart allies in a dangerous world. Until Obama essentially ignored Mr. Brown and his wife, canceling a joint press conference with a lame reference to “snow” and otherwise making it clear that Mr. Brown was something of an interruption rather than a valued friend. The high-handed Obama was given his comeuppance by the Russians earlier in the week and perhaps the welts on Obama’s backside, administered by Russia, made the prospect of sitting down with a friend like Gordon Brown Unpalatable.
Russia made a fool of President Obama when it leaked his letter offering to trade European Missile Defense, hanging Poland and Ukraine out to dry, for “help” in containing the Iranian Nuclear Bomb project. The letter was mocked by the Russian President with the admonition that there is no “haggling” about such things. Russia looked good while parading Obama willingness to essentially cede all the old soviet client states back to Russia while managing to look weak compared to Iran. Not since Jimmy Carter has this level of naivety and stupidity been invested in American Foreign Policy. Below is a peak at what some in Britton are saying about our Neo-Socialist Messianic President. It’s from the Telegraph.co.uk and here’s the URL: http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/iain_martin/blog/2009/03/04/president_barack_obama_just_plain_rude_to_britain_dont_call_us_in_future
Why couldn’t President Obama have put on more of a show for his British guests? He looked like he simply couldn’t be bothered.
Number 10 may be content that they just about got away with the visit to the Oval Office yesterday, as Andrew Porter reports from Washington.
But on this side of the Atlantic the whole business looked pretty demeaning. The morning papers and TV last night featured plenty of comment focused on the White House’s very odd and, frankly, exceptionally rude treatment of a British PM. Squeezing in a meeting, denying him a full press conference with flags etc. The British press corps, left outside for an hour in the cold, can take it and their privations are of limited concern to the public.
But Obama’s merely warmish words (one of our closest allies, said with little sincerity or passion) left a bitter taste with this Atlanticist. Especially after his team had made Number 10 beg for a mini press conference and then not even offered the PM lunch.
We get the point, sunshine: we’re just one of many allies and you want fancy new friends. Well, the next time you need something doing, something which impinges on your national security, then try calling the French, or the Japanese, or best of all the Germans. The French will be able to offer you first rate support from their catering corps but beyond that you’ll be on your own.
When it comes to men, munitions and commitment you’ll soon find out why it pays to at least treat the Brits with some manners.