January 17, 2009

AFTER THREE DECADES...:

Barack Obama plans to make US relationship with Britain less special than before (Tim Shipman, 17 Jan 2009, Daily Telegraph)

Barack Obama will play down Britain's importance and cast it as merely "one of the crowd" of countries with which America has a special relationship, sources close to the incoming president have warned.

He intends to move away from the tight links with Britain forged under George W.Bush and develop closer relations with a far wider range of countries, according to his closest allies.

Foreign Office officials admit that they feel "threatened" by Mr Obama's plans to "flirt" with others and they know that the British influence may seem to wane in Washington as Mr Obama looks elsewhere to forge friendships and alliances on the world stage.


...of British prime ministers and American presidents crusading their way around the globe, you can understand why the isolationists would want to effect this divorce. And the temptation must be especially strong for the UR, who has been told repeatedly that his magic will turn all those countries who depend on us but never want to help turn into steadfast allies. The reality is, when push comes to shove, as it so often does, he can count on the Brits, Aussies, Japanese, Poles, and Israelis and precious few others to have our backs.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at January 17, 2009 4:56 PM
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