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!
Saving. Thank you.
LOL!!! That was my first thoughts, too, BradyLS!
Reagan and Queen Elizabeth II?
If it ever did?
Sounds like they doubted the relationship before Obama, which means maybe these aren't the pro-American Brits we're looking for.
Or they just can't' bring themselves to blame the O when they had such high hopes for the guy. When your messiah stabs you in the back, who do you blame?
They had an American president who was good for his word, and now they have one who has his own agenda and won't hesitate to sell you out to get it... and in the case of the Brits, he'll positively enjoy selling you out.
He isn't really an American president, after all. He is masquerading as an American president, but he has his own set of loyalties that he has never declared openly but which we are starting to see. He is the visible front man of a larger conspiracy. He has a special relationship, but it isn't with the Brits and it isn't with us either.
You got it.
In this case the improvement will be with Argentina.
For almost a decade I experienced anti-Americanism in the UK. I’ve always wondered why THEY didn’t break off relations with the US.
Forbes is part of the problem. They employ one of Obama’s closest advisors, a money manager. Forbes helped make him rich and he was the seed money for Obama’s campaign. He is very close to Obama. I cancelled Forbes and will never subscribe again.
That's British PM Margaret Thatcher with Reagan.
It does not really matter any more. The left and Labour Party Islamified the UK - it is over. The UK means very little going forward. Sold out by Blair and their newsmedia including Murdoch. The only good guys are the Barclays (Telegrapha & Daily Mail).
Obama is using the same playbook here taht was used in the UK.
Just because there was such a relationship, it's demolition is all the more saddening.
That’s right! Your now groveling to your islamic masters.
Those pix are great. I was recalling Bush throwing baseballs, carrier landings and these great Reagan shots but we have this guy that wobbles around on a flat-tire bicycle with a hitch still attached, he can’t do anything manly at all.
Just the ones that already hated us.
He’s referring to post #22.
That’s the Queen, not Maggie.
Thatcher is with Reagan in #17. In #22, it’s Queen Elizabeth II — or, as we know her here in Canada: Her Majesty Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom, Canada and Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith.
Those really were the days!
Pardon me. My browser didn't open the picture of Reagan with Queen Elizabeth. I only saw the one of him with Maggie Thatcher, and didn't notice that the poster was referring to the other pic.
My mistake, Okie. I thought you were referring to the other picture of Reagan. The one with him and the Queen didn’t open for me the first time. I see it now.
Obama is meeting his objectives in severing our relationships with our G7 allies, business partners, friends and western civilization.
Its all part of dhiminishing and marginalizing , the US of A.By taking down the leader of the “free” industrialized western world he takes down the west.
Nefarious just nefarious/
In a few years the Brits can kiss our feet and plead for forgiveness if they want to be friends.
Australia is Americas only true friend now.
*Probably he wants to make sure the Brits wont come to our aid when the Mexicans invade us. Come to think of it, it seems to be working.*
The British haven’t been able to do jack sh*t since 1917—and no, the Falklands doesn’t count. It’s been a steady retreat since then. They managed to completely fritter away the largest empire ever seen on this Earth in less than 30 years after the death of Victoria.
How you think they’d ever be able to ‘help’ us is beyond comprehension—they can’t even keep their sailors from being taken hostage by Iran. If anything, we’ll have to pull their nuts out of the fire once again when Islam tries to convert everyone in the UK by sword.
Great photo. God, I miss him. May God continue to bless this country.
Surely MI5 has the goods on the red diaper doper boy muslim.
I’m an American, but I think I can understand the Brit’s attitude towards us. Look at the outcome of WW2. The war ended with Britain bombed and bankrupt. Except for Pearl Harbor, the US came through it unscathed and quite a bit richer.
Britain was threatened being annihilated by Hitler, yet Britain stood courageously alone against Hitler. Only Germany declaring war against the US could bring the US over to help Britain. Some great friend of Britain those Americans, eh? At least in their eyes. Just guessing, but I suspect these things might have something to do with it.
A few liberal British politicans can no more demolish the special relationship between the U.S. and the U.K. by announcing it’s over, than can Obama demolish the special relationship between the U.S. and Israel.
In three years, Obama will be history and we will have a conservative president. Let’s hope U.K. elects some conservatives too. And we’ll see that friendship as strong as ever.