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Remember when we were told he would mend our relationships abroad?

How's that working for ya Mr. Obama?

An influential multi-party group of British parliamentarians on Sunday called for British leaders not to speak of a "special relationship" with the U.S. because the transatlantic relationship, while still strong, is cooling.

The House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee on Sunday released a report saying its side should adopt "a more hard-headed political approach towards our relationship with the U.S. with a realistic sense of our own limits and our national interests," according to the chair of the committee, Mike Gapes.

"The use of the phrase 'the special relationship' in its historical sense, to describe the totality of the ever-evolving U.K.-U.S. relationship, is potentially misleading, and we recommend that its use should be avoided," he said of the term coined by Winston Churchill.

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair was accused during his tenure of being a "poodle" for having Britain join the U.S. in its campaign against Iraq. But the committee found areas beyond Iraq to argue that there needs to be greater distance as it alluded to a chillier tone toward the U.K. from President Barack Obama.

"The U.K. foreign policy approach this Committee is advocating is in many ways similar to the more pragmatic tone which President Obama has adopted towards the U.K.," Gapes said.

"He is an American who grew up in Hawaii, whose foreign experience was of Indonesia and who had a Kenyan father. The sentimental reflexes, if you like, are not there," added David Manning, the former British ambassador to the U.S., in testimony used in writing the report.

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Testimony from the report also shows a perception that the Obama administration isn't interested in promoting democracy abroad.

"If one thinks of what [Republican candidate] John McCain had to say about the league of democracies and so forth, I think that perhaps there would have been a stronger interest in a McCain Administration in reaching out particularly to like-minded democracies around the globe. That is something that the Obama Administration do not seem too concerned about," said Nick Witney, senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations.

The Obama administration isn't interested in promoting democracy abroad... or at home.

In fact, given this article and what's taking place now between the United States and Israel, it wouldn't take much to convince anyone that the Obama administration is interested more in destroying democracy at home and abroad.

Have ya got enough hope and change yet?

H/T Dan Friedman in email.

Crossposted at Brutally Honest.


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"The Obama administration i... (Below threshold)
jim m:

"The Obama administration isn't interested in promoting democracy abroad... or at home."

Well, Yeah. That's because Obama doesn't believe in democracy to begin with. Democracy is too restrictive upon the government and doesn't allow the government freedom to do whatever it wants to the people.

We should realize by now that Obama's idea of a "Smarter, more intelligent" foreign policy is to shed the US of its traditional allies, who are all stuck in the disgusting trappings of democracy, and to repair relations with world leaders who have the kind of power that Obama respects. Hence Obama has been sucking up to Chavez, Ortega, Iran, Syria, the various Palestinian terror groups, China, etc.

Unfortunately, Obama in his 12th grade understanding of the world does not realize that these thug regimes do not respect his bowing and scraping and they see it as a weakness to take advantage of.

So we have insulted every major ally that we have had for the last 50+ years to the point that they are now publicly abandoning us and we have gained nothing.

They told me that if Obama ... (Below threshold)
jim m:

They told me that if Obama were elected here would be a new era of bipartisanship in Washington...And they were right!

First we saw a significant bipartisan opposition to his healthcare scam. Today we see 327 House member including Steny Hoyer send a signed letter to Obama expressing dismay at his destruction of our relationship with Israel and urging him to change course.

While Obama apologists defend him and characterize his snub as a gaffe, it is clear from his associating with advisers like Samantha Power that he wants to destroy the relationship with Israel.

Once again Obama thinks that by weakening our ally he will bring peace. Yes, world history is full of example how weak nations gain great respect.

Hey! Obama can't be all ba... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Hey! Obama can't be all bad. He likes the Castro brothers, Daniel Ortega and Tubby Chavez.

Yeah, Stevie, be PROUD! Th... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Yeah, Stevie, be PROUD! The Iranian mullahs subverted the last election. And your Obamassiah is okay with that. Another tin-pot wanna-be dictator in Nicaragua got kicked out and that upset Barry no end. Yep, Barry loves them dictators. They get so much 'accomplished'.

Got your Brown Shirt yet Stevie?

If you look carefully at th... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

If you look carefully at the article, you'll notice that there are only two short quotes from the report itself. The others are from the chairman of the committee, from "testimony used to write the report," or from some guy from a thinktank called the Eoropean Council on Foreign relations.

I thought this was better t... (Below threshold)
jim m:

I thought this was better than the market watch article:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article7078844.ece

Steve, it's not about "Christianista Nation-building" it's about democracy. Something you and Obama do not believe in. Perhaps you are OK with millions of people being enslaved by their government, but then again, dems have always been cool with slavery.

Bruce, I think that we are seeing that multiple sources are saying hat Obama has pretty much killed our relationship with our closest ally. If you are trying to imply that the article is wrong about the report I'd very much like to see the evidence.

"If you are trying to imply... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"If you are trying to imply that the article is wrong about the report I'd very much like to see the evidence."

Well that's the last we'll hear from Bruce today.

See, that's the difference ... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

See, that's the difference between you and me, Jim.

I look at this article and see what might be food for thought, kind of a "things that make you go hmmmm" kind of thing.

You read the same article and, to you, it says that Obama has "pretty much killed our relationship with our closest ally." So over the top, so apocalyptic, so dramatic!

Please, try to calm down, Jim. Your blood pressure!

Oh yeah, Hussien flys off t... (Below threshold)
914:

Oh yeah, Hussien flys off to Afghanistan to hide from his disaster at home and to tell Karzai what he has to do to make the place a success?

Makes sense if your in denial.. Look at the sterling job he's done here.

Dumbo ears.

Like Stevie gives two shits... (Below threshold)
Tim:

Like Stevie gives two shits about the government spending trillions of dollars.

Bruce,I believe th... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Bruce,

I believe that Obama has indeed killed off our relationship with Britain. It will take close to a generation to repair the damage he has done.

He has snubbed ALL our major allies (I won't bother listing them again here). Most of them more than once.

He has acted directly against the national interests of Britain, Israel, Poland and the Czech Republic and has threatened their national security.

It won't be easy damage to repair. And those few allies that Obama hasn't threatened their national security (yet) are looking at these events and wondering how long it is before they have their turn under the bus.

greenie, you stupid doucheb... (Below threshold)
apb:

greenie, you stupid douchebag.

It's a good thing for us that your folks are still letting you stay in their basement and are still paying for your interwebz access - you're comedy gold! Keep wishing, and maybe someday you'll be a REAL boy.

The Jug-Eared Douche has screwed over the UK (hey - any more cut-rate DVD's that don't play) and Israel; he appeared the absolute buffoon lobbying for the Olympics; double-buffoon on his second visit to Copenhagen for global non-warming; he received the Nobel Peace price on the advent of sending troops to Afghanistan ("unwashed non-Christian nation").

The real conspiracy involves higher oil prices - did the Jug-Eared Hussein Douche sell us down the river to the Saudis when he bowed and scraped? Eh - what do you care? You're still riding your younger sister's ten-speed...

Stevie has two responses:<b... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Stevie has two responses:
1) BUSH did it!
2) Oh! Look! A rabbit!

No, Stevie's two stock resp... (Below threshold)

No, Stevie's two stock responses are:

1) BUSH did it!
2) VIOLENT RIGHTWINGERZZ!!!one!!!!!

s green - "If the peopl... (Below threshold)
Marc:

s green - "If the people of the United States want another quagmire they will elect another social conservative President who will hunt down some unwashed non-Christian nation to invade."

You mean the Bosnia adventure where the "evil" American Gov. invaded a sovereign country so they subjugate tan-skinned Muslims?

Oh WAIT! That was Clinton.

"If the people of the Unite... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"If the people of the United States want another quagmire they will elect another social conservative President who will hunt down some unwashed non-Christian nation to invade."

Like Vietnam?

Ow! Marc, not fair, you use... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Ow! Marc, not fair, you used actual history to correct Stevie. He only likes name calling, etc.

Bruce, your intellectual dishonesty is disappointing to me. I hardly agree with you, but at least I thought you were sincere, but to state there is no damage done to our ally's by Obama's actions is beneath you. Obama now has the countries that want us dead liking us, and those that want to help and support us hating us. Bizarro world. ww

Marc - How could you forget... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Marc - How could you forget Somalia? Yet another Clinton quagmire. I guess for liberals a military quagmire is acceptable only if our soldiers are getting slaughtered and our country humiliated.

I think we're getting Obama... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

I think we're getting Obama's meaning wrong. He wasn't going to 'mend' the diplomatic relations, he was going to 'fix' them.

In the veterinary sense of the word. What do you do with a unruly dog you don't want to kill? You 'fix' him.

Obama's doing his damndest to 'fix' the country. He's 'fixed' the banking system, 'fixed' the automotive industry, 'fixed' health care - and he wants to 'fix' the schools and 'fix' the economy.

He's 'fixed' relations with our allies, and is working at 'fixing' our relationships with our enemies.

There's not much more 'fixing' we can take, I think...

I guess the fix is in then.... (Below threshold)
jim m:

I guess the fix is in then.

The Teleprompter has mended... (Below threshold)
Tsar Nicholas II:

The Teleprompter has mended fences with Hugo Chavez. So, I guess it all depends on what the meaning of the word "relationships" is....

Every time I think it can't... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

Every time I think it can't get worse....

Then Green pipes in with no concern whatsoever about our relationship with other democracies. But he's just happy as a clam that we don't dare promote any more that that silly nonsense because, dontcha know, "Christianista crap!" "Rightwinger gun nuts!"

Hey Steve, we're not leaving. It wasn't the way you liked it, why didn't YOU leave?

sigh......what happened to ... (Below threshold)
olsoljer:

sigh......what happened to the good ol days of railroad ties, buckets of tar and chicken feathers?

Re #s 19 & 20:Will... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Re #s 19 & 20:

Willie, Marc's version of history is a little different than the version that, um, actually occurred.

Also, Willie, please re-read this thread and tell me where I stated ANYTHING about "damage done to our allies by Obama's actions." So kindly don't lecture me about intellectual dishonesty regarding words you imagine I wrote.

And, Jim, you might wanna Wiki up some info about which President, from which party, inserted the US into the Somalia quagmire. An insertion, I might add, that was performed AFTER he lost the election and before Clinton took office.

You generally moderate your tone when challenged, Jim, but in this thread you really doubled down on the drama. Reminds me of my 14 year old, shouting how I'll "ruin her life" if I don't buy her those new $80 jeans.

5: GarandFan ... Nice try b... (Below threshold)

5: GarandFan ... Nice try but the sad facts about the jug-lugged narcissist include that the only dictator he loves is the one in the mirror -- and in the black hole that does him for his soul -- and for his "character."

But we likely ain't seen anything yet for, like all such sad poor psychopaths, he still awakens every day, looks all around and says: "Is this all there is?"

And to think we once believed the recidivist, treasonous, lying, looting, thieving, mass-murdering co-serial-rapists Billy-Bubbah Blythe ("Cli'ton") Crime Family was as dangerous an enemy as our beloved fraternal republic would ever know.

Re #s 19, 20 & 26: <p... (Below threshold)

Re #s 19, 20 & 26:

After the activist-"Democrat" crooks at USAID had destroyed its once thriving and net-exporter agricultural economy and caused its people to face starvation, the kinder, gentler and Peter Principled RINO, George Herbert Walker Bush stupidly, (as befits an effective "Democrat") sent soldiers to Somalia to feed the hungry.

But the Billy-Bubbah Blythe ("Cli'ton") Crime Family "administration's" lying, looting, thieving, treasonous, mass-murdering, co-serial-rapist recidivists upped the anti and turned the consequences of a comedy of essentially activist-"Democratic" potty errors into a war.

And then, as has long long long been that gang's modus operandi, failed to support its clumsy stuffups, over-extended and under-supported and caused the deaths of many very fine young Americans -- and then ran away.




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