When Obama Declared Our “Special Relationship” With Britain Over
The media has been all abuzz about a remark from the Romney team that they perceive as racist:
“We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and he feels that the special relationship is special,” the adviser said of Romney, according to the Telegraph: “The White House didn’t fully appreciate the shared history we have.“
Now, the Romney camp completely denied that this was Mitt’s position, and since the quote was from an anonymous source, we’re left to wonder how accurate it is.
As far as I can tell, the only reason they’d deny this position is because people infer some racist implication. In almost every other way, it’s just simply true. Who would deny that the first colonials from Britain that landed on American shores were Anglo? Will the politically correct historical fascist police remake our beginning with a racial rainbow of equally represented ethnicities? Simply absurd.
Beyond that, it would take some incredible mental gymnastics to deny the Angl0 traditions in relation to citizenship, the rule of law, and other developments of political science. Just where else did we get these if not England?
Further, that Obama didn’t “fully appreciate” the relationship is absolutely corroborated by headlines from the very same news source as this previous story, the Daily Mail! [emphases added]
Barack Obama has declared that France is America’s greatest ally, undermining Britain’s Special Relationship with the U.S.
The President risked offending British troops in Afghanistan by saying that French president Nicolas Sarkozy is a ‘stronger friend’ than David Cameron.
The remarks, during a White House appearance with Mr Sarkozy, will reinforce the widely-held view in British diplomatic circles that Mr Obama has less interest in the Special Relationship than any other recent American leader.
Mr Obama said: ‘We don’t have a stronger friend and stronger ally than Nicolas Sarkozy, and the French people.’The comments follow a pattern of coldness towards the UK. When Gordon Brown was prime minister, Mr Obama snubbed his requests for meetings in the U.S.
He also denounced Britain during his inauguration speech.
Has the United Kingdom been tepid in their support of our alliance? Has France been contributed more to protect our mutual global interests from terrorist aggression? This would explain Obama’s attitude, but it can’t, because it’s exactly the opposite:
The UK has lost nearly 350 troops in the war against the Taliban – seven times as many as France.
And there are more than 10,000 British soldiers serving in Helmand province, compared with just 3,850 Frenchmen. Mr Obama’s stance was swiftly condemned in Westminster.
Tory MP Patrick Mercer, a former commander of the Sherwood Foresters regiment, said: ‘I’m getting a bit fed up with the American President using terms like “best ally” so loosely.
‘It’s Britain that has had more than 300 servicemen killed in Afghanistan, not France.
‘That to my mind is a lot more powerful than any political gesture making.’