Green Room

Obama Insults Britain: Bye Bye Special Relationship

posted at 5:42 am on September 24, 2009 by

Dutch newspaper the Telegraaf reports that Britain’s Prime Minister Gordon Brown tried to meet with President Barack Obama this week but was rebuffed.

The British newspaper the Daily Telegraph adds that Brown’s office tried to arrange a meeting five times. Every single time, however, Obama’s staff turned them down.

British officials made five attempts to secure official talks with the US President and even agreed to a policy change in an attempt to land a joint appearance between the two leaders, said diplomatic sources.

But the White House rebuffed the offers and Mr Brown, who had hoped to increase his popularity by appearing on his own with Mr Obama, had to settle instead for a snatched conversation with the President in a New York kitchen.

The reason is that Scotland’s leader – not Brown – recently released Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi recently. Brown supported this decision because it would improve Britain’s relationship with Libya (the power of the almighty dollarpound).

Megrahi should obviously never have been released. But insulting a loyal ally because of one (admittedly big) mistake isn’t exactly what I’d call smart diplomacy.

Especially not considering the fact that Obama has no problem whatsoever meeting with Iran’s, Venezuela’s and other anti-American dictators who have sponsored and continue to sponsor terrorism against America.

Many have speculated in recent months that Obama may treat Britain badly because of his personal history. Unlike most Americans he has no personal bond with this country.

Perhaps there’s something to that explanation, but you wonder how it is that he does treat, say, Venezuela well since he and his family have no personal history with that country either.

Here is my guess of why he rebuffed Brown not once, not twice but five times: Brown supports the war on terror, Obama does not. Obama holds Brown (partially) responsible for the Iraq War. He believes this war to be unjust. And as has become clear due to his constant bashing of his predecessor George W. Bush, he has nothing but contempt for those who decided to remove one of the worst dictators in modern times from power.

That or he simply sides with those he considers ‘the weak’ automatically; even if they’re enemies of the West.

Your call.

Update: also read Fausta Wertz‘s take on this matter. She concludes:

The new diplomacy on both sides of the Atlantic: “Beggar thy neighbor, bankrupt thy country, appease thy foe.”

Sister Toldjah also weighs in, citing Hot Air commenter Daggett first, after which she concludes:

While I don’t think Obama “hates” America, he clearly is ashamed of it – which is why he routinely apologizes for it, just like he did yesterday at the UN. He is going out of his way to forge new “alliances” with countries that have never shown much – if any – sincere interest in working with us on any issues mutually beneficial to both our country and their respective countries. In fact, some of the countries he’s working with have been downright hostile and in some cases threatening to both the US and her interests abroad, while he’s throwing under the bus the ones we’ve been able to count on over the years – in particular, the UK. If our alliance with the UK is damaged, we might as well have no allies because they are the only country that consistently stands with us when push comes to shove on national security-related issues.

Recently in the Green Room:

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

The solution’s simple – all that Gordo has to do is to illegally develop or proliferate nuclear weapons/deny the Holocaust/threaten a dozen or so neighboring countries/or, at the very least, express an undying commitment to enacting the wonderful ideals of Karl Marx.

Then precious one-on-one meetings at the WH are guaranteed.

Track-A-'Crat on September 24, 2009 at 5:51 AM

LMAO Track-A-’Crat, that’s exactly it. Wonderfully put.

Michael van der Galien on September 24, 2009 at 5:55 AM

Here is my guess of why he rebuffed Brown not once, not twice but five times: Brown supports the war on terror, Obama does not. Obama holds Brown (partially) responsible for the Iraq War. He believes this war to be unjust.

Way too complicated.

Simple answer: Obama hates America. Therefore he befriends our (traditional) enemies and rebuffs our (traditional) friends.

I heard about a Pew poll (I think Pew, anyway) that our reputation among countries like Cuba, Venezuela, etc. is improving, while our reputation among our former friends is diving. See?

Daggett on September 24, 2009 at 8:48 AM

Thanks Michael, I didn’t get a chance to read the UK papers for the last few days so I missed this gem of an article.

Don’t get me wrong, Gordon Brown is not Britain’s greatest leader by a long shot, but that is no reason to make such a discourteous foreign policy blunder.

Chuck Norton on September 24, 2009 at 9:08 AM

Glad to be of service Chuck – and I agree completely.

Daggett: that’d be interesting but I don’t think it’s like that just yet. Wait a couple of months, perhaps a year – then you’ll see that the US is indeed becoming less popular among your (former) friends – at this moment, most of the European MSM are still pimping Obama as if he was the second coming of Jesus…

I say “most” because I can see a slow change taking place, especially in Britain, which always functions as a leader in this regard.

Michael van der Galien on September 24, 2009 at 9:37 AM

The main reason I take an interest in American federal politics is that when you guys elect a president like Reagan or Bush the Elder it’s a proud time to be an ally of America, and when you elect a Carter or Obama it’s a humiliating time to be an America-booster.

The results are pretty much locked in when the votes are counted and the ideology of the next occupant of the Oval Office (between two options) is decided. Subtle, individual psychological similarities and differences between, say, Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama don’t seem to have much to do with it.

David Blue on September 24, 2009 at 9:37 AM

I think Obama’s attitude toward Britain has everything to do with his perception of imperialism. All the negatives he attributes to one country having global influence can be said of Britain (perhaps more so than the U.S.)…remember the saying that the sun never sets on the British empire. Then think specifically of India, Pakistan, Egypt and Kenya.

texabama on September 24, 2009 at 10:03 AM

I think that people will be making some quiet calculations right now, but the difference won’t be apparent till the next time there’s a crisis and people are asked to stick their necks out.

When the American president looks like a loser, the risk of signing onto some project with him and looking like a fool in front of your domestic audience when he backs out later is higher.

If the American president dishes out humiliation to allies readily, you’ll remember that being snubbed by someone you were cool to first is not very harmful, but that acting overly friendly and then getting treated like a despised lackey can be devastating you your image. This applies both to leaders, and to ordinary citizens who identify to some extent with their country’s national image.

When free riders do as well as real allies, or worse when enemies are appeased while allies (being no threat and thus of little interest) can’t see how they’re rewarded, people feel ill-used. They want to be in a better rewarded category. In internal domestic debates, the guys who bet on American weakness before look like geniuses, while those who said the smart play was to count on the Americans to remember who their real friends were look like fools. Over time, this will have an effect.

David Blue on September 24, 2009 at 10:12 AM

David, you take the words right out of my mouth.

Michael van der Galien on September 24, 2009 at 10:49 AM

The reason is that Scotland’s leader – not Brown – recently released Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi recently

I don’t believe that for a moment.
Obama despises America and England (all of the UK) for one old reason.

Colonialism.
.
Ours here in the US and Britians in Kenya and Africa.
Watch his words and look back at obamas use of colonial during his speeches.
This is deep seated hate from daddy (who he never even knew, maybe thats the real reason) and mommy obama. Add in 40 years with “Frank”, Ayers, Wright, his love for marxism and a little revisionist history and boom, you get obama.

shooter on September 24, 2009 at 11:01 AM

shooter on September 24, 2009 at 11:01 AM

Yes , this isn’t about Lockerbie.

the_nile on September 24, 2009 at 11:17 AM

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Barry is ashamed of America. Barry was raised (for the first 10 years of his life) by a mother who openly expressed her contempt for her fellow countrymen (even as she used their money to support herself and her kid after her “noble” married w/children Kenyan lover ran off). After mommy dearest dumped little Barry off on the grandparents, he spent years being tutored at the knee of another America-hater, Communist Frank Marshall Davis. Barry then went to Chicago where he joined the Black Liberation Theology church of another America-hater, Jeremiah Wright, who presided over Barry’s wedding to his girlfriend, America-hating Michelle Robinson.

That Barry never loved or appreciated the greatness of this nation is obvious. What is not so obvious is why 52% of the American electorate chose to elevate a man with such pervasive anti-American sentiments to the highest office in the land.

AZCoyote on September 24, 2009 at 12:33 PM