Quite so. I would argue - consistently with you, I suspect - that our shared language, history, and cultural inheritance are aspects of the frequent and abiding congruence of American and British permanent interests. And, I agree that such congruence (which both sides should understand is never identity, and should not be expected to be) requires attention and fostering by both sides.
I would point out that in this particular case, it was the UK which perfidiously (from the American point of view) conspired with the Libyans directly contrary to what the British government must know was a point of great sensitivity to American opinion.
From my perspective, that suggests the Blair government intended it as a snub to the US for some reason, and that it was more than simply placing a permanent interest ahead of hits alliance with the United States. You cannot imagine the level of ill-will that generated here. I'm usually a strong Anglophile, but I thought that was very bad form.
No question that relations are deteriorating under the Kenyan (regardless of the birth question, on which I express no opinion, he is of recent colonial heritage) who clearly resents and dislike the British, perhaps for the way his father was treated.
posted on 02/01/2011 8:51:10 AM PST
(Ceterum Censeo Persae Esse Delendam -- Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit)
I have to agree - HM Government must know how sensitive this issue is, and they must have known that this would get out eventually. I would suspect that it wasn't a deliberate snub per se. That would be petty. It sounds to me more like they saw an opportunity for some deal, and didn't care if the US got shirty about it. Not a good trend. Maybe Brown finally got hold of an NTSC dvd player and found out there was a scratch on the "Godfather II" disk.
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