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Barack Obama’s top 10 insults against Britain
By Nile Gardiner The Telegraph (UK)World

Last week’s appalling declaration by Washington that the US would remain
neutral in the conflict between Britain and Argentina over the Falklands,
has prompted this list of the ten biggest insults so far by the Obama
administration against America’s closest friend and ally. For a government
that pledged to “restore” America’s standing in the world, it is doing a
spectacularly bad job, kowtowing to America’s enemies while consistently
kicking her allies.

Without a shadow of a doubt, Barack Obama has been the most anti-British
president in modern American history. The Special Relationship has been
significantly downgraded, and at times humiliated under his presidency,
which has displayed a shocking disregard for America’s most important
partner and strategic ally.

There are a multitude of reasons for President Obama’s dismissive approach
to the UK, and here are a few: an obsession with engaging and appeasing
America’s enemies rather than cultivating allies; personal animosity towards
Britain because of his grandfather’s role as a Mau Mau supporter in 1950’s
colonial Kenya; Democrat resentment over British support for the Bush
Administration over Iraq; left-wing disdain for the idea of Anglo-American
exceptionalism and world leadership; support for supranational institutions
such as the European Union over the supremacy of the nation state.

So here’s my top 10 list, which will no doubt be expanded to a top 20 in a
few months.

1. Declaration of neutrality over the Falklands

For sheer offensiveness it’s hard to beat last week’s incredible statement
from the State Department on the Falklands dispute, not least considering
the fact that 255 British soldiers died retaking the islands from Argentina
in 1982. Here it is:

“We are aware not only of the current situation but also of the history, but
our position remains one of neutrality. The US recognises de facto UK
administration of the islands but takes no position on the sovereignty
claims of either party.”

As I wrote previously, over the course of the last year, we’ve seen a
staggering array of foreign policy follies by this administration, from the
throwing under the bus of the Poles and the Czechs over missile defence to
siding with Marxists in Honduras. But this latest pronouncement surely takes
the biscuit as the most brazen betrayal so far of a US ally.

2. Downgrading of the Special Relationship

Barack Obama never refers to the Special Relationship, and has not even
mentioned Britain once in a major policy speech, either before or after
taking office. The Anglo-American alliance is barely a blip on Obama’s
teleprompter screen, and he acts as though it simply does not exist. The
Special Relationship has also been largely erased from the official lexicon
of the State Department, and is not even used by US officials in London.
Despite being America’s only major reliable ally when the chips are down,
London is now treated in Washington as though it were the same as any other
European power, albeit less charitably than either Paris or Berlin.

3. Support for a federal Europe

The Obama administration’s relentless and wrongheaded support for the
creation of a federal Europe, from backing the Treaty of Lisbon to the
European Security and Defence Policy, is a slap in the face for the
principle of national sovereignty in Europe. While the Bush Administration
was divided over Europe, the Obama administration is ardently
euro-federalist, despite the fact that the likely next British government
will probably fight them tooth and nail over it. British sovereignty is
non-negotiable, and Obama’s willingness to undermine it is both insulting to
Britain and self-defeating for the United States.

4. Undermining of British influence in NATO

Despite Nicolas Sarkozy’s distinctly unflattering opinion of Barack Obama,
the president has gone to great lengths to appease French interests, even
going as far as apologising to the French people in Strasbourg for hurting
their feelings over the war in Iraq. The Obama administration has also done
its best to give Paris a lead role in the NATO alliance at Britain’s
expense, granting it one of two supreme NATO command positions – Allied
Command Transformation (ACT). And this, despite the fact that France has for
decades been ambivalent and obstructionist over NATO, and is failing to
carry its weight in Afghanistan. And as I noted before, there is currently
not a single British general in charge of any of the big five supreme and
operational commands in the alliance (in contrast to two Frenchmen and a
German), even though Great Britain provides more troops for NATO operations
than any member apart from the United States.

5. Refusal to recognize Britain’s sacrifice in Afghanistan

It is particularly galling that the president cannot even be bothered to
acknowledge the sacrifice made by over 250 British servicemen and women on
the battlefields of Afghanistan alongside their American allies – especially
evident during his lacklustre speech at West Point in December. Britain
currently has as many soldiers stationed in Afghanistan – 10,000 – as all
the other major European powers combined. In contrast to George W. Bush, who
frequently thanked the British armed forces and people for their role in the
War on Terror, Obama has spectacularly failed to do so.

6. Throwing Churchill out of the Oval Office

It is hard to think of a more derogatory message to send to the British
people within days of taking office than to fling a bust of Winston
Churchill out of the Oval Office and send it packing back to the British
Embassy – not least as it was a loaned gift from Britain to the United
States as a powerful display of solidarity in the aftermath of the 9/11
terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. Obviously, public diplomacy is
not a concept that carries much weight in the current White House, and nor
apparently is common sense.

7. Insulting words from the State Department

The mocking views of a senior State Department official following the Prime
Minister’s embarrassing reception at the White House in March last year says
it all:
“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.”

One would have thought that this kind of hugely damaging gaffe would have
resulted in at least a formal apology and a reprimand for the official
involved, but unfortunately Obama administration apologies are strictly
reserved for the French and assorted enemies of the United States.

8. DVDs for the Prime Minister

Readers of this blog will know I’m no fan of Gordon Brown, but whatever one
thinks of his less than stellar leadership skills or his downright awful
policies, Brown travels abroad not as a private individual but as the leader
of America’s closest ally. He represents 61 million Britons including the
Armed Forces, as well as a huge amount of British trade and investment with
the United States. He was treated shabbily when he visited the White House
last March, and denied a Rose Garden press conference as well as a dinner.
To cap it all, the decision to send him home with an assortment of 25 DVDs
ranging from Toy Story to The Wizard of Oz – which can’t even be played in
the UK - was a breathtaking display of diplomatic ineptitude that would have
shamed the protocol office of an impoverished Third World country. And we
haven’t even mentioned Obama’s iPod for the Queen.

9. Refusal to meet the Prime Minister in New York

Not content with humiliating the Prime Minister with a bargain basement DVD
collection, President Obama proceeded to give him the run-around at the UN
General Assembly in New York last September in a farce worthy of an episode
from Benny Hill, declining to meet with him privately after no less than
five requests. I can understand why Obama might not want to spend much time
with the dour and easily angered Brown, who was apparently mightily enraged
over the whole affair. It is also the case that Brown himself has done a
good deal to undermine the Special Relationship and shares much of the blame
himself for this debacle. But it is insulting to the British people as a
whole when the president of the United States is happy in principle to sit
down and negotiate with tyrants like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad but won’t hold a
bilateral meeting with the leader of America’s top ally, when thousands of
British troops are fighting in Afghanistan.

10. Robert Gibbs’ embarrassing attack on the British press

No list of Obama administration slights against Britain would be complete
without mention of White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs’ sneering rant
against the British press (first reported by Politico) after spotting an
article in The Telegraph he disagreed with. Here’s what Gibbs said:

“Let’s just say if I wanted to look up, if I wanted to read a write-up of
how Manchester United fared last night in the Champions League Cup, I’d
might open up a British newspaper. If I was looking for something that
bordered on truthful news, I’m not entirely sure it’d be the first pack of
clips I’d pick up.”

As I wrote at the time, this kind of attack would normally be made against
the likes of the North Korean or Iranian state media, but in the current
climate of “engagement” with America’s enemies the White House is far more
likely to attack its own allies. And by the way, Gibbs, as my colleague
James Delingpole noted in a superbly penned response, it’s the “Champions
League” not the “Champions League Cup”.

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Barack Obama’s top ten insults against Israel
By Nile Gardiner The Telegraph (UK) World

Last week Israel celebrated its 62nd year as a nation, but there was major
cause for concern amid the festivities as the Israeli people faced the
looming menace of a nuclear-armed Iran, as well as the prospect of a rapidly
deteriorating relationship with Washington. The Israel-bashing of the Obama
administration has become so bad that even leading Democrats are now
speaking out against the White House. New York Senator Chuck Schumer blasted
Barack Obama’s stance towards Israel in a radio interview last week, stating
his “counter-productive” Israel policy “has to stop”.

At the same time a poll was released by Quinnipiac University which showed
that US voters disapproved of the president’s Israel policy by a margin of
44 to 35 percent. According to the poll, “American voters say 57 – 13
percent that their sympathies lie with Israel and say 66 – 19 percent that
the president of the United States should be a strong supporter of Israel.”

I recently compiled a list of Barack Obama’s top ten insults against
Britain, America’s closest ally in the world. This is a sequel of sorts, a
list of major insults by the Obama administration against America’s closest
ally in the Middle East, Israel. As I wrote previously on Obama’s treatment
of both Britain and Israel:

In the space of just over a year, Barack Obama has managed to significantly
damage relations with America’s two closest friends, while currying favour
with practically every monstrous dictatorship on the face of the earth. The
doctrine of “smart power” has evolved into the shameless appeasement of
America’s enemies at the expense of existing alliances. There is nothing
clever about this approach – it will ultimately weaken US global power and
strengthen the hand of America’s
enemies, who have become significantly emboldened and empowered by Barack
Obama’s naïve approach since he took office.

The Obama presidency is causing immense damage to America’s standing in the
free world, while projecting an image of weakness in front of hostile
regimes. Its treatment of both Israel and Britain is an insult and a
disgrace, and a grim reflection of an unbelievably crass and insensitive
foreign policy that significantly undermines the US national interest.

So here’s my top 10 list of Obama administration insults against Israel
after just 15 months in power:

1. Obama’s humiliation of Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House

In March, the Israeli Prime Minister was humiliated by Barack Obama when he
visited Washington. As The Telegraph reported, “Benjamin Netanyahu was left
to stew in a White House meeting room for over an hour after President
Barack Obama abruptly walked out of tense talks to have supper with his
family”, after being presented with a list of 13 demands. As I wrote at the

This is no way to treat America’s closest ally in the Middle East, and a
true friend of the United States. I very much doubt that even third world
tyrants would be received in such a rude fashion by the president. In fact,
they would probably be warmly welcomed by the Obama White House as part of
its “engagement” strategy, while the leaders of Britain and Israel are
frequently met with arrogant disdain.

2. Engaging Iran when Tehran threatens a nuclear Holocaust against Israel

In contrast to its very public humiliation of close ally Israel, the Obama
administration has gone out of its way to establish a better relationship
with the genocidal regime of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, which continues to
threaten Israel’s very existence. It has taken almost every opportunity to
appease Tehran since it came to office, and has been extremely slow to
respond to massive human rights violations by the Iranian regime, including
the beating, rape and murder of pro-democracy protesters.

3. Drawing a parallel between Jewish suffering in the Holocaust with the
current plight of the Palestinians

In his Cairo speech to the Muslim world, President Obama condemned Holocaust
denial in the Middle East, but compared the murder of six million Jews
World War Two to the “occupation” of the Palestinian territories, in a
disturbing example of moral equivalence:

“On the other hand, it is also undeniable that the Palestinian people –
Muslims and Christians – have suffered in pursuit of a homeland. For more
than sixty years they have endured the pain of dislocation. Many wait in
refugee camps in the West Bank, Gaza, and neighboring lands for a life of
peace and security that they have never been able to lead. They endure the
daily humiliations – large and small – that come with occupation. So let
there be no doubt: the situation for the Palestinian people is intolerable.
America will not turn our backs on the legitimate Palestinian aspiration for
dignity, opportunity, and a state of their own.”

4. Obama’s attack on Israeli “occupation” in his speech to the United

In his appalling speech to the UN General Assembly last September, President
Obama dedicated five paragraphs to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, without
once referring directly to Palestinian terrorism by name, but declaring to
loud applause “America does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli
settlements.” He also lambasted the Israeli “occupation”, and drew a
connection between rocket attacks on Israeli civilians with living
conditions in Gaza. The speech served as a ghastly PR exercise aimed at
appeasing anti-Israel sentiment in the Middle East, while bashing the
Israelis over the head.

5. Obama’s accusation that Israel is the cause of instability in the Middle

As The Wall Street Journal noted, “the Obama Administration seems
increasingly of the view that Israel is the primary cause of instability in
the Middle East”, citing a recent press conference where he stated:

“It is a vital national security interest of the United States to reduce
these conflicts because whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant
military superpower, and when conflicts break out, one way or another we get
pulled into them. And that ends up costing us significantly in terms of both
blood and treasure.”

6. The Obama administration’s establishment of diplomatic relations with

While actively appeasing Iran, the Obama administration has also sought to
develop closer ties with the other main state sponsor of terrorism in the
Middle East, Syria, establishing diplomatic relations with Damascus in
February. Syria remains a major backer of Hamas and Hizbollah, both
responsible for a large number of terrorist attacks against Israel.

7. Hillary Clinton’s 43-minute phone call berating Netanyahu

As The Telegraph reported, Hillary Clinton sought to dictate terms to Israel
in the wake of Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Jerusalem:

“In a telephone call, Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, ordered
Mr. Netanyahu to reverse a decision to build 1,600 homes for Israeli
settlers in occupied East Jerusalem that sparked the diplomatic row. She
also instructed him to issue a formal pledge that peace talks would focus on
core issues such as the future of Jerusalem and the borders of a Palestinian
state. In addition, the Israeli prime minister was urged to make a
substantial confidence-building gesture to the Palestinians. Mrs. Clinton
suggested this could take the form of prisoner releases, an easing of the
blockade of Gaza and the transfer of greater territory in the West Bank to
Palestinian control.”

Last time I checked, Israel was still an independent country, and not a
colonial dependency of the Obama White House. Yet that still hasn’t stopped
the Secretary of State from acting like an imperial Viceroy.

8. David Axelrod’s attack on Israeli settlements on “Meet the Press”

It is extremely unusual for a White House official to launch an attack on a
close US ally on live television, but this is exactly what the President’s
Senior Adviser David Axelrod did in an interview in March with NBC’s Meet
the Press, designed to cause maximum humiliation to Israel, where he stated
in reference to new settlement construction in East Jerusalem:

“This was an affront, it was an insult but most importantly it undermined
this very fragile effort to bring peace to that region. For this
announcement to come at that time was very destructive.”

9. Hillary Clinton’s call on Israel to show “respect”

As The Telegraph revealed, the Secretary of State lectured the Israelis at a
dinner attended by the Israeli ambassador and the ambassadors of several
Arab states in mid-April, urging Israel to “refrain from unilateral
statements” that could “undermine trust or risk prejudicing the outcome of
talks”. In Clinton’s words:
“Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu has embraced the vision of the
two-state solution. But easing up on access and movement in the West Bank,
in response to credible Palestinian security performance, is not sufficient
to prove to the Palestinians that this embrace is sincere. We encourage
Israel to continue building momentum toward a comprehensive peace by
demonstrating respect for the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinians,
stopping settlement activity and addressing the humanitarian needs in Gaza.”

10. Robert Gibbs’ disparaging remarks about Israel

Not one to shy away from criticizing America’s friends when the opportunity
arises, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs entered the fray in an
interview on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace in March where he attacked
the Israeli government for weakening “the trust that’s needed for both sides
to come together and have honest discussions about peace in the Middle
East.” In condescending terms he stated that Benjamin Netanyahu should
start “coming to the table with constructive ideas for constructive and
trustful dialogue about moving the peace process forward.”

28 Apr 10,, 22:07

8. DVDs for the Prime Minister

Nothing wrong with being a bad gift giver.

5. Obama’s accusation that Israel is the cause of instability in the Middle East10. Robert Gibbs’ disparaging remarks about Israel


1. Obama’s humiliation of Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House

Arrogant bastard needed a far worse slap down, should have Chris Browned him...

8. David Axelrod’s attack on Israeli settlements on “Meet the Press”

No problem with this.

2. Engaging Iran when Tehran threatens a nuclear Holocaust against Israel6. The Obama administration’s establishment of diplomatic relations with

Versus invading them...

3. Support for a federal Europe

Fail to see the issue.

4. Undermining of British influence in NATO

Maybe we need French troops... :confused:

British force reduction undermines them a lot more in NATO then playing nice with France.

6. Throwing Churchill out of the Oval Office

Gun Grape handled this like 5 months ago...

Nothing of substance in either "article"...

29 Apr 10,, 16:02
Maybe Israel and GB should talk these issues out with their shrinks:rolleyes:, either way, I agree with Michelle Above ^ :biggrin:.

These are sovereign nations, not children, get over it.

29 Apr 10,, 16:13
I'm not complaining. In the end I didn't give a flying fcuk about Obama. He'll be gone sooner or later (probably sooner) The point of above articles was to point out that Obama's foreign policy seems to be completely against his allies and kowtowing to those that don't like the Americans

29 Apr 10,, 16:27
I'm not complaining. In the end I didn't give a flying fcuk about Obama. He'll be gone sooner or later (probably sooner) The point of above articles was to point out that Obama's foreign policy seems to be completely against his allies and kowtowing to those that don't like the Americans

He's not 100% receptive to every view they hold, that SHOULD be the position of an American president, his job is to look out for America's interests, not Britain's or Israel's.

I don't see how he's kowtowing to other countries who don't like America, part of the problem with countries that don't like America is the tradition of being so close to Israel and Britain, or special interests within the countries, which leads people like Palestinians or Bolivians or anyone else to believe that America is not an honest broker, which considering it's weight, it has to be if it wants to sort situations out without hell breaking loose.

I sincerly doubt Barak Obama wishes Britain or Israel any ill, but nor should they be the sole things that influence his foreign policy positions, in my view.

If they feel snubbed, so be it, the world's a hell of a lot bigger than that, and them, as are it's problems.