De­mot­ing Amer­ica’s staunch­est ally

Obama makes no ef­fort to hide his for Great Bri­tain

The Washington Times Daily - - Opinion - By Ed Feulner

The high­light of my re­cent trip to Great Bri­tain? With­out ques­tion, it was vis­it­ing Mar­garet Thatcher. The for­mer prime min­is­ter, whose wise lead­er­ship re­stored her coun­try to great­ness, played an in­dis­pens­able role in help­ing the West win the Cold War. Her staunch com­mit­ment to con­ser­va­tive prin­ci­ples never fails to in­spire.

While I was in Bri­tain, David Cameron, the cur­rent prime min­is­ter, was in the United States on an of­fi­cial visit with Pres­i­dent Obama — at least, I think it was an of­fi­cial visit. From their much-pub­li­cized at­ten­dance at an NCAA bas­ket­ball game to the gush­ing praise Mr. Cameron lav­ished on his host at ev­ery turn, it played more like an ex­tended cam­paign ad.

Mr. Cameron spoke at length about his pre­de­ces­sor Win­ston Churchill but never men­tioned Lady Thatcher. The leader of Bri­tain’s Con­ser­va­tive Party only had eyes for Mr. Obama. He lauded the pres­i­dent’s “strength, moral au­thor­ity and wis­dom” and his “spec­tac­u­lar com­mand of our shared lan­guage.” Name a world hot spot: Mr. Obama has pur­sued the smartest pol­icy — to hear the starry-eyed prime min­is­ter tell it.

In­deed, ac­cord­ing to Mr. Cameron, the pres­i­dent “has pressed the re­set but­ton on the moral au­thor­ity of the en­tire free world.”

Com­pli­ments dur­ing an of­fi­cial visit are ex­pected. But this was so over the top that even lib­eral Washington Post colum­nist Dana Mil­bank found it a bit much. For­mer Prime Min­is­ter Tony Blair was de­rided as Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush’s “poo­dle,” Mr. Mil­bank re­minded readers, and now “a sim­i­lar dy­namic is de­vel­op­ing. This time, Cameron seems to be serv­ing as Obama’s guard dog, de­fend­ing his Amer­i­can mas­ter against the Mitt Rom­neys and the Rick Santora.” The prime min­is­ter had be­come a “cam­paign-year prop.”

Of greater con­cern is the harm Mr. Cameron’s ob­se­quious­ness is in­flict­ing on the role the U.s.-bri­tish part­ner­ship plays in the world. Be­cause if Mr. Obama has hit the re­set but­ton on any­thing, it’s the “spe­cial re­la­tion­ship,” that unique al­liance be­tween two na­tions that has done so much to pro­tect and pre­serve free­dom glob­ally over the past cen­tury. He should be called on it.

“A bas­ket­ball trip to Ohio and a bell­sand-whis­tles state din­ner do not erase a track record of ma­jor in­sults by the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion since it took of­fice,” writes Nile Gar­diner, di­rec­tor of the Her­itage Foun­da­tion’s Mar­garet Thatcher Cen­ter for Free­dom, in the London Tele­graph. Those in­sults in­clude:

More than 250 Bri­tish sol­diers gave their lives to lib­er­ate the Falk­lands af­ter Ar­gentina in­vaded in 1982. Pres­i­dent Rea­gan strongly backed the ac­tions of our Bri­tish ally. But to­day we have ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials sup­port­ing Ar­gentina’s call for U.n.-bro­kered ne­go­ti­a­tions over the sovereignty of the Falk­lands, whose in­hab­i­tants are more than 90 per­cent Bri­tish. At a 2011 press con­fer­ence, Mr. Obama said, “We don’t have a stronger friend and stronger ally than Ni­co­las Sarkozy and the French peo­ple.” Yes, Mr. Sarkozy is more pro-amer­i­can than his pre­de­ces­sors, and he de­serves credit for that. But to vault him and his coun­try to the top of the list of U.S. al­lies? That’s ab­surd — and a slap in the face to Bri­tain. Un­der Pres­i­dent Obama, Washington fre­quently has air­brushed Bri­tain out of ma­jor speeches on Europe. It also has un­der­cut Bri­tish na­tional sovereignty across the At­lantic by urg­ing the cre­ation of a fed­eral Europe and sup­port­ing the cen­tral­iza­tion of power in the EU. Vice Pres­i­dent Joseph R. Bi­den even has lu­di­crously de­clared Brus­sels the “cap­i­tal of the free world.”

There are many other ex­am­ples, both large and small, and all lead to a dis­turb­ing con­clu­sion: The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion seems de­ter­mined to de­mote Amer­ica’s fore­most ally. Worse, David Cameron has been only too happy to play along de­spite the in­sults.

What a de­press­ing and dan­ger­ous change from the days of Rea­gan and Mrs. Thatcher. Sounds like it’s time some­one hit that “re­set but­ton” again.


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