By Adam Shaw
This week's meeting between President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron could kill off the US-UK 'special relationship' if Obama continues to indulge his anti-British prejudices.
Obama's anti-British views may go back to his childhood. His grandfather -- Hussein Onyango Obama -- was involved in the 1952 Mau Mau Uprising against the British in Kenya. He was caught and sentenced to six months in a brutal high security prison...
Since Obama's inauguration however, it has been clear that ...Obama is deeply anti-British and is quite willing to show it.
It started with the infamous case of the Churchill bust...Obama returned the bust the minute he stepped into the Oval office. The symbolism was obvious -- Obama's America does not need Britain anymore...
Yet since then the air has turned even sourer. It didn't take a genius to realise that Obama would cool down the relationship with the British -- he is a huge fan of the European Union, and that was clearly where he would place his emphasis in diplomatic relations. Yet, his administration has gone from typically childish snubs -- such as Michelle Obama condescendingly treating our Monarch like a cute little old lady -- to outright hostility.
Nile Gardiner notes that there has been at least ten major anti-British incidents since Obama took office. In addition to the President not once referring to the 'Special Relationship' in his speeches, failing to acknowledge British sacrifice in Afghanistan, and consistently refusing
to meet with the Prime Minister, Obama's administration has refused to acknowledge British sovereignty of the Falkland Islands (where 258 British soldiers died defending it in 1982), mocked the British press, and undermined British influence in NATO by apologizing to France. To top this barrage of insults off, Obama's State Department responded to criticism that the President was ignoring Britain, by describing the President as 'overwhelmed' and reminding
There's nothing special about Britain. You're just the same as the other 190
countries in the world. You shouldn't expect special treatment.
At the moment, these childish attacks by the Obama administration are just hurting the British. Yet it could also hurt the American public...
What started off as petty snubs from a petulant President has rapidly turned into a diplomatic crisis.
If Obama does not play ball with Cameron this week, and refuses to back down from his anti-British agenda, America's ability to defend itself from terrorist attacks may be weakened and its future ability to win wars may be damaged. In short, Obama's deep-rooted prejudices may cost American lives.