UK, We Could Have Told You, But You
Daniel Hannan has a must-read article in the UK Telegraph this morning: "I admit it: I was wrong to have supported Barack Obama." Well, thanks, you bloke. You're only about 24 months late. Of course who could have known? What were the signs? Really?
What seems to have removed the scales from Hannan's eyes isn't O's treatment of BP in the Gulf oil disaster ("the company he insists on calling 'British' Petroleum." Hannan points out that no such firm has existed since the merger of BP and Amoco nine years ago and 39% of BP shares are American-owned). No, what has Hannan twisted up is Obama's backing of Argentina's claim to the Falkland Islands--"or, as Obama's people call them, 'the Malvinas.'" Yeah, that's evidently a favorite trick of O-Team. They call Jerusalem by its Arab name, Al-Quds.
Hannan continues: Not that we should feel singled out. The Obama administration has scorned America’s other established friends. It has betrayed Poland and the Czech Republic, whose Atlanticist governments had agreed to accept the American missile defence system at immense political cost, only to find the project cancelled. It has alienated Israel and India. It has even managed to fall out with Canada over its “Buy American” rules and its decision to drill in disputed Arctic waters. Never has there been a worse time to be a US ally.
Another Brit, Geoffrey Wheatcroft, asks the $65,000 question--"Obama, Friend or foe?" in his article in the Mail: "America's ALWAYS tried to do down Britain." Writes Wheatcroft, "If you have a pension, at present or in prospect, your income falls with every sour word Obama speaks. It's a fine way for a friend to behave, if indeed we should regard the president as a friend."
Another British journalist, Mary Ellen Synon in the Mail, asks "Why is Cameron surprised at Obama's views on 'British Petroleum'?" Writes Synon: You can't be surprised at President Obama's poisonous attitude towards 'British Petroleum,' not if you keep up with this blog. As I wrote last March: 'Obama is the first US president who was raised without cultural or emotional or intellectual ties to either Britain or Europe. The British and the Europeans have been so enchanted with "America's first black president" that they haven't been able to see what he really is: "America's first Third World President." Ouch.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron will visit the U.S. for the first time as PM on 20 July.