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.
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.