Friday, February 26, 2010

Obama to Great Britain: Bend over

On April 2, 1982, Argentina invaded and occupied Great Britain's Falkland Islands.  Initially the United States tried to negotiate with Argentina but when that didn't work out we threw the weight of the United States military behind our friends and allies, the British.

Fast forward to yesterday's headline in the Telegraph written by Toby Young:

Et tu, Barack? America betrays Britain in her hour of need

Young writes:

It was a headline I never expected to read: “US refuses to endorse British sovereignty in Falklands oil dispute.” Washington has declined to back Britain in its dispute with Argentina over drilling rights in the waters surrounding the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Sandwich Islands. President Obama’s position is one of strict neutrality, refusing to take sides. According to the State Department:

We are aware not only of the current situation but also of the history, but our position remains one of neutrality. The US recognises de facto UK administration of the islands but takes no position on the sovereignty claims of either party. (emphasis added)
My response to Young is and this surprises you, why?  What has Obama done since taking office (or before, for that matter) that gave you guys the idea that he gives any merit to the long standing friendship and alliance between our countries?  Remember, Obama comes from the Zinn school of social justice (and revisionist history) where Great Britain, like the United States, represents imperialist oppressors.  He feels no loyalty to Britain and little for his own.

For this alliance to survive, both countries must recognise their obligations and, from time to time, that involves one of us setting aside more localised concerns for the sake of the cause. Tony Blair would have preferred it if President Bush had been prepared to wait for a second UN resolution before launching the invasion of Iraq, but he decided that Britain should follow America into battle nevertheless. He recognised that the preservation of the Atlantic alliance had to be prioritised above all else, both for our sake and the sake of the world.

In return, we naturally expect America to side with us when it comes to our own territorial disputes — and this element of quid pro quo was recognised by Ronald Reagan when he backed Margaret Thatcher in the Falklands War. It wasn’t in America’s regional interests to side with us, but Reagan knew the terms of the deal: It was your country, right or wrong. You don’t abandon your closest ally in her hour of need.
No, you don't abandon your friends.  I would hope that Sec. Clinton would recognize this but then again, hers is but a ceremonial position of late.  These are difficult times for the United States and by extension, for our traditional allies.  I would note that many in Great Britain like their counterparts in Europe hailed the election of the Anointed One.  Sadly, now that they've found that Obama is a lesser god it is too late to get the cowboy back.

I imagine our next president on his "apology tours".  But unlike Obama he won't be grovelling before Mid Eastern terrorists.  Our next president will be apologizing for actual wrongs against Poland, the Czech Republic and yes, Great Britain. 


yukio ngaby said...

It should also be noted that POTUS Obama's dad and namesake is Kenyan.

Kenya is a former British colony that separated from the UK not long after the violent and ugly Mau Mau Rebellion.

Any bets on if Obama is holding onto an imagined grudge?

Carol said...

I have no doubt that he carries a grudge. I think he buys in to the whole imperialist aggressors mindset that says that certain nations-GB, the US, etc., are always wrong no matter what. And I think he has a chip on his shoulder.

Bob Belvedere said...

1) Quoted from and Linked to at: Carol's Crystal Ball

2) One quibble: Obama has absolutely NO LOYALTY to The United States Of America. He despises everything America stands for, otherwise, why would he want to destroy it all and replace it with the exact opposite form of government?

Quite Rightly said...

The UK has been a friend to the US. That doesn't make it Obama's friend.

For the UK to be Obama's friend, he would have to consider himself the representative of the American people.

Fat chance.