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National Security & Defense

Does Obama Want to End the ‘Special Relationship’?

President Obama more and more gives the impression that he has lost contact with the real world, or maybe has no interest in it. He is busy promoting the enemies of the United States and demoting its allies. This self-damaging policy has no sense and therefore no precedent. A case in point: He advises the United Kingdom to vote in a forthcoming referendum to remain in the European Union. This seems a failure to understand that the EU sees itself as a potential counterweight to the United States, and accordingly rests on anti-American ideology capable one day of doing immense harm. Inside the EU, the British voice will be absolutely lost, a minority of one, in no position to influence the 27 others in the majority to change their mind. Or could it be that Obama intends to destroy the “special relationship,” that relic from the time of Churchill and Roosevelt?

Prime Minister Cameron is using every campaigning trick to persuade the country to remain within the EU, and Obama is supposedly due to come and support him in person. At which moment, Obama chooses to criticize him with a contempt also senseless and unprecedented in the comments of one head of a democratic state on another. In the course of a 19,000-word article by Jeffrey Goldberg in The Atlantic, Obama blames Cameron for the present chaos in Libya, because he was “distracted by something else” or in plain language isn’t up to the job. In the event that Obama does arrive for speechifying with Cameron, the country is more than likely to vote against whatever this unfathomable pair might recommend.

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