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Special Relationship under fire: Obama's refusal to back Britain over the Falklands is a disgrace
London Telegraph Blogs (U.K.) ^ | February 25, 2010 | Nile Gardiner

Posted on 02/25/2010 4:31:35 AM PST by Schnucki

The Obama administration’s decision to remain neutral in the dispute between Great Britain and Argentina over the Falkland Islands is a shameful decision that will go down very badly across the Atlantic. As The Times has just reported, Washington has point blank refused to support British sovereignty over the Falklands, and is adopting a strictly neutral approach.

In the words of a State Department spokesman:

“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.”

The remarks had echoes of an earlier statement by a senior State Department protocol official who, when asked about the shoddy treatment of the British Prime Minister in March last year, responded:

“There’s nothing special about Britain. You’re just the same as the other 190 countries in the world. You shouldn’t expect special treatment.”

Even by the relentlessly poor standards of the Obama administration, whose doctrine unfailingly appears to be “kiss your enemies and kick your allies”, this is a new low. The White House’s neutrality in a major dispute between America’s closest friend and the likes of Venezuelan tyrant Hugo Chavez, Argentina’s biggest backer, represents the appalling appeasement of an alliance of anti-Western Latin American regimes, stretching from Caracas to Havana – combined with a callous indifference towards the Anglo-American alliance.

Over the course of the last year, we’ve seen a staggering array of foreign policy follies by this administration, from the throwing under the bus of the Poles and the Czechs over missile defence to siding with Marxists in Honduras. But this latest pronouncement surely takes the biscuit as the most brazen betrayal so far of a US ally.

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1 posted on 02/25/2010 4:31:35 AM PST by Schnucki
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To: Schnucki

"Bust of Churchill Returned by Obama
"After the September 11th attacks our British allies loaned President George Bush
a bust of one of the greatest Britons the world has ever known, Sir Winston Churchill.
It was a gesture to show their support for the United States in one of its darkest hours.
The bust sat prominently in the Oval Office for the balance of President Bush’s tenure there,
and once President Obama took office, the British offered him the opportunity to keep it for the length of his term.
His response was cold and most likely sent tremors through the British diplomatic community."
....
"Diplomatically this is a faux pax that only an unseasoned politician could make.
The British have stood by our side as strong allies for decades and we need to maintain that relationship,
especially in a world that is becoming increasingly dangerous (See Is Nuclear Weakness on the Horizon)
If he did not want to look at it in the oval office he could have displayed it elsewhere in the White House
and not slapped the British in the face in such a blatant disregard of political etiquette."


" I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle."
Winston Churchill

2 posted on 02/25/2010 4:34:04 AM PST by Diogenesis ("Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God." --Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Schnucki
In a perverse way, I'm glad Obama is “B”-slapping the UK around. Don't get me wrong—its disgraceful and horrible foreign policy and he should back them on this. But these soft Socialist nanny-state morons—from the British electorate to the senior political officials, including those in the alleged “Conservative” party—have been slamming Bush and talking about how much they hate America and how wonderful it would be when the Savior got elected. You got what you wanted, idiots, now quit whining and crying like little girls and live with it.
3 posted on 02/25/2010 4:35:43 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard
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To: Schnucki

Present.


4 posted on 02/25/2010 4:35:43 AM PST by ladyvet (WOLVERINES!!!!!)
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To: Schnucki

I personally apologize to our closest allies for my country having elected this tyrannical pr!ck as president. We will fix this situation, starting this November. You Brits aren’t half as pissed off as are we.


5 posted on 02/25/2010 4:37:54 AM PST by tgusa (Gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger ....)
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To: Schnucki

Britain needs to wake up. The ‘special relationship’ was tossed into the trash when Obama was inaugurated.


6 posted on 02/25/2010 4:40:03 AM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: Schnucki

How’s your love for the Obamanation coming, Britain?


7 posted on 02/25/2010 4:40:51 AM PST by gogogodzilla (Live free or die!)
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To: Diogenesis
Hussein's animus to the UK is well known. I wonder how he feels about the other English speaking democracies. I will remind everyone that the majority population of these countries is Caucasian.
8 posted on 02/25/2010 4:43:37 AM PST by Former Proud Canadian (How do I change my screen name now that we have the most conservative government in the world?)
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To: Diogenesis
This frigging ass-clown is a disgrace to the office, an insult to our allies, and a dark stain on our otherwise rich national heritage.

What a despicable piece of human excreta he is. Filthy scumbag bone-thug imbecile, who is a menace to our national security and constitutional freedoms. How I loathe this jerk being our president.

;-/

9 posted on 02/25/2010 4:44:33 AM PST by Gargantua (DON'T TREAD ON US.)
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To: Gargantua
Don't sugar coat it.

My disdain for Obama is exceeded only by my disdain for those that continue to support, excuse and cheer-lead for him.

10 posted on 02/25/2010 4:49:39 AM PST by bitterohiogunclinger (America held hostage - day 393)
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To: Schnucki

Hey, the Brits sure wanted to see Obama elected, they got it and they’re on their own now!


11 posted on 02/25/2010 4:49:53 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: Schnucki
If “O” was in Maggi Thatcher's spot at the time, he'd still be doing the EPA report on the deployment. In the meantime, Maggie went down there and resolved the problem.

The Brits showed real spine there. Liberals do NOT comprehend this one bit!

12 posted on 02/25/2010 4:54:08 AM PST by SMARTY ("What luck for rulers that men do not think. " Adolph Hitler)
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To: Schnucki
Dear Britain; your leftists got what they wanted in America. Now you're on your own. Not much we can do about it. Cheers and good luck!

Maybe after this is all over, we can be friends again.

13 posted on 02/25/2010 4:57:15 AM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Schnucki

Evita Kirchner is a lefty stooge and pal of Chavez, Lula, Castro etc.

So naturally Obama will be on her side against Britain.


14 posted on 02/25/2010 4:58:45 AM PST by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: Schnucki
Obama should be ashamed of himself, but he knows no shame.

To our friends and allies in England, we apologize for the disgraceful actions and position this wicked, ungodly comunist, socialist, Marxist administration has continually taken towards Great Britain since Obama has become president. You are not alone; the Obama anministration habitually demonstrates that it loves our communist/socialist, anti-American enemies and hates our life-long friends.

Please believe us when we say that we are ashamed and value your friendship and support. Once our little false Obammessiah is made impotent in the upcoming elections and dethroned in the next, we will, Lord willing, once again be in a position to wholeheartedly support you. Until then we are praying for you, that God will have mercy upon your nation and help you to be courageous and to stand strong in the fight that is before you and allow you to once again be victorious... as you look to the Lord Jesus Christ for strength, guidance and victory.

15 posted on 02/25/2010 5:03:39 AM PST by Jmouse007
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To: Schnucki

Churchill early on recognized Hitler for what he really was. When he started to present his case in the House of Lords, he was laughed at and booed by then PM Neville Chamberlain’s MPs the labor crew, who were as liberal then as they are today. Labor’s position was to negotiate with Hitler, just ask Poland how that negotiation worked for them. If it wasn’t for Churchill the world would be speaking German and 99% of us would be slaves. With O’s position on Israel, and the liberal left’s willing to negotiate with the likes of terrorist organizations, is it beyond the realm of reality to say “We’ve been there, done that, and it failed miserably”?


16 posted on 02/25/2010 5:10:18 AM PST by exbrit
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To: Schnucki

The Brits preferred the street hustler to the cowboy,and pulled for the street hustler to win against McCain.

So, to quote another American they seem to despise, “How’s that ‘Hope-y Change-y thing workin’ out for ya?”.


17 posted on 02/25/2010 5:16:51 AM PST by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: exbrit

One can never negotiate or compromise with evil.Each time that happens, evil wins. Good and evil cannot exist as equals. One must be dominate and on November 4, 2008, the majority of those that voted said , via their votes, that they wanted evil to rule.


18 posted on 02/25/2010 5:17:27 AM PST by sport
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To: gogogodzilla
I know didn't the British love Obama?
19 posted on 02/25/2010 5:20:29 AM PST by angcat (GOD SAVE US!)
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To: sport
Getting back to the Falkland Islands issue the only practical solution is for both states to yield to the historic American claims to the property ~ on a permanent basis ~ treaties, pledges, the whole thing.

The people there already speak English I've heard, and it's an appropriate place to raise sheep ~ I would hope we could move a substantial part of our current sheep burden there anyway.

And GITMO, this is THE SOLUTION!

20 posted on 02/25/2010 5:23:36 AM PST by muawiyah ("Git Out The Way")
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

Well said on all points...


21 posted on 02/25/2010 5:24:07 AM PST by piytar (Ammo is hard to find! Bought some lately? Please share where at www.ammo-finder.com)
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To: muawiyah

And from what I heard, the people who live there wish to remain under the U.K.

But was not there people inanother area of Europe in the 1930’s that wished to remain under another Nation that were sold out to Hitler by Britian and France?


22 posted on 02/25/2010 5:33:51 AM PST by sport
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To: Schnucki
The Europeans, including the Brits, fawned over 0bamao during the campaign and couldn't wait for his regime to take power. The proves the old adage:

"Be careful what you wish for, it might come true".

23 posted on 02/25/2010 5:36:23 AM PST by The Sons of Liberty (When 0bama Fails, Freedom Prevails - FUBO! Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin)
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To: Schnucki
The Europeans, including the Brits, fawned over 0bamao during the campaign and couldn't wait for his regime to take power. The proves the old adage:

"Be careful what you wish for, it might come true".

24 posted on 02/25/2010 5:36:24 AM PST by The Sons of Liberty (When 0bama Fails, Freedom Prevails - FUBO! Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin)
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To: sport
Hmm ~ you mean they don't want to give up their NIS benefit for Obamacare?

How crass of them.

25 posted on 02/25/2010 5:44:26 AM PST by muawiyah ("Git Out The Way")
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To: The Sons of Liberty

Based on our treatment of Britain in the last year and a half, we know why the Poseur wants our new embassy in London to have a moat around it.


26 posted on 02/25/2010 5:48:44 AM PST by dogcaller
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To: Schnucki

Obama is scum.


27 posted on 02/25/2010 5:55:14 AM PST by GeronL (Political Philosophy: I Own Me (yep, boiled down to 6 letters))
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To: bitterohiogunclinger
"Don't sugar coat it."

I'll keep an eye on this in the future. :-)

28 posted on 02/25/2010 6:06:05 AM PST by Gargantua (DON'T TREAD ON US.)
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To: Diogenesis
Obama shows U.S. allies that they can’t count on us
29 posted on 02/25/2010 6:06:10 AM PST by Josh Painter ("We cannot spare this woman. She fights" - David Karki, regarding Sarah Palin)
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To: Schnucki

hey the Brits can get Obama’s backing with a little Quid Pro Quo. The Brits call up Obama = Hey we have your certificate of Live Birth here in our grubby little hands. Support the Sovereignity of the place of your birth. When he agrees to support them. They send the original birth cerificate to the washinton Examiner, the utilize hey Britian has decided since your father supported overthrowing the government in the 1960’s we have decide to flush your ass down the drain. American and Great Britian have always had an exceptional record of getting along since WWII. The pantywaist president is in it for himself, hates great britain because hs daddy


30 posted on 02/25/2010 6:18:18 AM PST by hondact200 (hondact200 No to Socialism - Michigan destroyed by Progressive Liberal Populism)
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To: Schnucki

Obama is acting out a grudge for his Mau-Mau grandfather. There is no coincidence that Chicago thuggery and Mau-Mau genes found a common residence in this man.


31 posted on 02/25/2010 6:54:35 AM PST by Tzfat
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To: Tzfat

I think you may well be right about that.


32 posted on 02/25/2010 7:04:14 AM PST by EternalVigilance (TATBO - "Throw All The Bums Out")
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To: gogogodzilla

you need to remember most people love him over here than over there.
it was us what elected him not the Brits
they have been helping us since the beginning and we would not have got this far without them.
the have been losing their men and women helping us in our wars for two decades now

so here’s a thought, remember who got him elected hey


33 posted on 02/25/2010 7:09:10 AM PST by manc (WILL OBAMA EVER GO TO CHURCH ON A SUNDAY OR WILL HE LET THE MEDIA/THE LEFT BE FOOLED FOR EVER)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

yea that country which has given their lives to help us ion over twenty years and this is how we say thanks


34 posted on 02/25/2010 7:10:06 AM PST by manc (WILL OBAMA EVER GO TO CHURCH ON A SUNDAY OR WILL HE LET THE MEDIA/THE LEFT BE FOOLED FOR EVER)
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To: Diogenesis
it amazes me how some dopes actually blame our best ally for him being elected. It;s like reading a KOS site when I read that crap. They seem to forget how it was this country who voted him in and let him to what he is doing, their crime is that they had the media show a bunch of scruffy smelly students marching in support of him. one fool even said that they deserve it because they had signs saying war for oil. Yea we never had those signs here then did we
35 posted on 02/25/2010 7:12:10 AM PST by manc (WILL OBAMA EVER GO TO CHURCH ON A SUNDAY OR WILL HE LET THE MEDIA/THE LEFT BE FOOLED FOR EVER)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
ah your wrong there swamp, most brits did not want him elected and you know how I know that While they have been giving their lives to helps the this is a slap in their face and if I was leader over there I would say screw you bozo, we're pulling our troops out. in the last few days they have lost more men for us and why? so this idiot can slap them in the face
36 posted on 02/25/2010 7:14:20 AM PST by manc (WILL OBAMA EVER GO TO CHURCH ON A SUNDAY OR WILL HE LET THE MEDIA/THE LEFT BE FOOLED FOR EVER)
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To: PzLdr

only if you believe the media, most did not want him

I know because I go over there a lot and have family and friends over there


37 posted on 02/25/2010 7:15:40 AM PST by manc (WILL OBAMA EVER GO TO CHURCH ON A SUNDAY OR WILL HE LET THE MEDIA/THE LEFT BE FOOLED FOR EVER)
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To: angcat

they don’t , he must have seen the BBC and saw a clip of a couple of hundred muslims marching for obama and then thought it must be nearly 60 million people who wanted him .

I despair sometimes I really do at stupidity


38 posted on 02/25/2010 7:17:01 AM PST by manc (WILL OBAMA EVER GO TO CHURCH ON A SUNDAY OR WILL HE LET THE MEDIA/THE LEFT BE FOOLED FOR EVER)
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To: Schnucki
Even by the relentlessly poor standards of the Obama administration, whose doctrine unfailingly appears to be “kiss your enemies and kick your allies”, this is a new low.
39 posted on 02/25/2010 8:21:05 AM PST by houeto (Remember in November!)
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To: manc
You know, the Economist... a highly-respected British weekly news magazine did a poll of Europeans on the US presidential elections.

To a country, every single nation in Europe overwhelming favored Obama rather than McCain. Though, the Russians just had a simply majority in favor.

So, sure America elected Obama. And the Europeans where ecstatic!

40 posted on 02/25/2010 4:01:35 PM PST by gogogodzilla (Live free or die!)
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To: gogogodzilla

not going to disagree with that


41 posted on 02/25/2010 4:52:01 PM PST by manc (WILL OBAMA EVER GO TO CHURCH ON A SUNDAY OR WILL HE LET THE MEDIA/THE LEFT BE FOOLED FOR EVER)
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To: Tzfat
30 posts before you nailed it!

Of course The Kenyan hates Britain.

42 posted on 02/25/2010 4:56:33 PM PST by Churchillspirit (9/11/01...NEVER FORGET.)
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To: PzLdr

Even if that were true, how much influence do you think the Brits had over the election of a US president?


43 posted on 02/27/2010 3:36:19 PM PST by Vanders9
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To: angcat

Well it was more sort of the media made sure the British knew who Obama was, whereas no one knew who McCain was at all.


44 posted on 02/27/2010 3:37:35 PM PST by Vanders9
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