Mar 28 2010
George W.Bush may have had enemies, but he didn’t turn our best allies into enemies. Barack Obama has destroyed the ‘special relationship the U.S. has had with Great Britain and the Brits are saying so publicly.
BRITAIN’S special relationship with the US — forged by Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt in the second world war — no longer exists, says a committee of influential MPs. Instead, America’s relationship with Britain is no more special than with its other allies, according to a report by the Commons foreign affairs committee published today.
BNI says: Obama gave the shaft to our Eastern European allies when he scrapped the missile defense system they had been promised. He didn’t make any friends with French President Sarkozy or German PM Angela Merkel either. He surely didn’t live up to his undeserved status as Nobel Peace Prize winner when he refused to have dinner with the King of Norway, as is the custom. And despite his bowing and groveling to Arab leaders, he isn’t exactly a hero over there either. Quite the contrary, his inability or fear of getting tough on Iran has caused both Egypt and Saudi Arabia to form closer relationships with Israel, whom they trust more than the U.S. to do something about the Iranian threat. And let’s not forget Indonesia, a trip he cancelled, perhaps in part because of all the anti-Obama protests going on over there. China and India think even less of him and snubbed him at the Global Warming conference in Copenhagen. Reports say that his trip to China was a bust, too. I know there are more examples, but this is just off the top of my head.
The report, entitled Global Security: UK-US Relations, says Britain’s relationship with America is “extremely close and valuable” in a number of areas, particularly intelligence co-operation. However, it adds that the use of the phrase special relationship, in its historical sense, “is potentially misleading and we recommend that its use should be avoided”.
“The overuse of the phrase by some politicians and many in the media serves simultaneously to de-value its meaning and to raise unrealistic expectations about the benefits the relationship can deliver to the UK.”
The committee said that the relationship was more associated now with the support Britain gave to President George W Bush over the Iraq war and that US President Barack Obama had taken the same “pragmatic” attitude as it was recommending now since entering the White House in 2009.
It said: “The UK needs to be less deferential and more willing to say no to the US on those issues where the two countries’ interests and values diverge. “The UK’s relationship should be principally driven by the UK’s national interests within individual policy areas. It needs to be characterised by a hard-headed political approach to the relationship and a realistic sense of the UK’s limits.”
Sir Winston had first coined the phrase during his famous “Iron Curtain” speech in March 1946.He had been inspired by the countries’ shared struggle against Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. And throughout the Cold War, cultural and historical similarities, diplomatic consultation and defence and nuclear co-operation meant that Anglo-American relations were particularly close. BBC