Skip to comments.Britain Will No Longer Grovel To The U.S.
Posted on 04/03/2010 6:23:01 PM PDT by bruinbirdman
New report shows England's growing disillusionment with its once greatest ally.
British parliamentarians have finally realized that the "special relationship" between London and Washington no longer exists--if it ever did. The House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee has published an unexpectedly lively report urging British diplomats and ministers to be "less deferential" to the U.S.
No more groveling, then. Not that it will stop Prime Minister Gordon Brown from being starry-eyed in the presence of President Obama when he visits the U.S. in a few days' time.
The committee, whose members are about to disband before the general election campaign, is hardly staffed by anti-American hotheads and student rabble-rousers. It is chaired by a stodgy Labour backbencher named Mike Gapes, an Establishment man who is pro-Israel and has never done anything naughty or daring in his political life. It is possible to cast one's eyes on Gapes and feel great, rolling waves of ennui, simply by dint of his predictability. For old Gapes to put his name to a report questioning out biggest diplomatic and military alliance is quite something.
Gapes' senior committee members include Sir Menzies Campbell, who once led Britain's third party, the Liberal Democrats, and was long opposed to the Iraq invasion. Sir Menzies, however, is no Yanqui-bashing Hugo Chávez. His skepticism about the U.S. is put with courtly Caledonian politeness, qualifying phrases and regretful tweaking of the neck. His doubts about the State Department are more than balanced by a Thatcherite member of the committee, Heathcoat-Amory, a keen opponent of the mushrooming bureaucracy of the unelected European Commission. "Eurosceptics" are often the most enthusiastic supporters of the transatlantic alliance because they sense that a strong U.K.-U.S. bond reduces the possibility of us being glurped into a United States of Europe.
In recent months, however, the so-called
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Everyone knows Britain grovels to Brussels and the E.U., silly.
Too bad. I was rather enjoying it.
It’s another bad thing that Obama has done.
But wasn’t Obama supposed to IMPROVE our relationships with foreign nations?
“Gapes.....He is very pro-European once declaring that he would prefer closer ties rather than Britain becoming an amusement park for American and Japanese tourists.”
Took me 30 seconds to find that.
Forbes is near worthless. The Pro-EU people in Britain have always looked to undermine the relationship. This is nothing new.
It is malpractice Forbes, which I usually respect, did not look to the EU angle.
Well, GB if you want Obama gone look into your records to expose Obama. I’m sure you got something.
Count on the MSM to not cover this.
Obama has wrecked an important relationship with our strongest ally. It would have taken so little to not do this.
He is a disaster.
Barack Hussein Obama — alienating all our allies and attempting to appease all our enemies.
Wasn’t Kenya former British protectorate?
I suspect that Obama has a end in mind when he PO’s the Brits. Probably he wants to make sure the Brits won’t come to our aid when the Mexicans invade us. Come to think of it, it seems to be working.
Not groveling to Pres_ent Obama is a good start. Now stop groveling to your own Mohammedans.
Will there be an official photo with Obama and Brown ?
Long-standing allies don't count. (It's the changey, remaking America thingy.)
It’s mutual. We can part as friends.
Oh, it did exist. It really did at one time...
They are busy groveling to Islam at the moment!
Britain groveled to us?
Damn, I musta missed out on some world-class groveling!
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