Obama, Cameron’s “great friend” – if he toes the line
Deplored: once again Britain’s senior politicians – pre-election – seek to reaffirm ‘friendship’ with those who – after subverting and overturning South American democracies, created or acquiesced in Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib and destabilised the Middle East by supporting Iraq – then illegally invading that country.
US president Barack Obama lavished praise on David Cameron during his recent visit to UK prime minister to Washington, calling him a great friend and “one of my closest and most trusted partners in the world”.
But he has little to offer compared with Germany, said to be seen as America’s main ally in Europe, following doubts over Britain’s membership of the EU – Brexit [British exit].
Philip Stephens noted recently in the FT: “the Tory election manifesto leaves the US administration at best incredulous and sometimes scathing. Why on earth, the president has been heard to ask, would any British leader flirt with the idea of pulling up the drawbridge against the EU?”
He continues: “Stripped of diplomatic niceties, the American view of Europe is that, since Germany pays most of Europe’s bills, Chancellor Angela Merkel more or less runs the show”.
US officials question whether UK will continue to be a reliable military ally
Mr Cameron has agreed to supply a further 1,000 UK troops to NATO exercises in eastern Europe over the next year countering Russian military involvement in the region and to provide more drones to help with surveillance missions against Islamist militants fighting in northern Iraq, but the American government has other concerns:
- the precedent set by parliamentary votes limiting British participation in the coalition against the Islamist extremists in Syria and Iraq;
- the UK’s increasingly limited naval power – not even one aircraft carrier until 2017 so is unable to deploy and recover aircraft, act as seagoing airbase and no effective maritime patrol aircraft – more diplomatically: Jane, “UK’s maritime patrol capability gap;
- Britain can offer only a few ageing Tornado bombers to assist with aerial bombardment.
Some see the Swiss model is a favoured alternative, minus its safe haven banking practices.
Posted on January 17, 2015, in Civil servants, Corporate political nexus, EU, Finance, Government, Military matters and tagged Abu Ghraib, aircraft carrier, American government, Chancellor Angela Merkel, Eastern Europe., Guantanamo Bay, Islamist extremists, Middle East, NATO exercises, naval power, Swiss model, Tornado bombers. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.