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A Special Form of Disrespect
Barack Obama’s increasing disregard for Britain’s views is no way to treat an ally whose troops have fought side by side with America since September 11, says Con Coughlin.
It says much about Britain’s rapidly disappearing ‘special relationship’ with America that when I happened to mention to some of our senior military officers that I was visiting Washington, they begged me to find out what the Obama administration was thinking about Afghanistan. It is not just that the transatlantic lines of communication, so strong just a few years ago, have fallen into disuse. There is now a feeling that, even if we reached the Oval Office, there would be no one willing to take Britain’s call.
Originally posted by mattpryor
I thought this was a very interesting perspective and maybe worthy of discussion.
Considering that Britain is probably the US's most loyal ally, whose military is almost joined at the hip with that of it's transatlantic friend, having backed the US internationally and shed blood in Afghanistan, Iraq (twice), it is alarming to read how much political relationships have deteriorated.
I'd also be interested to hear the American point of view. Do you consider Britain to be an ally worthy of better treatment than we're receiving? Should we be more involved in the decision making process, or at least consulted?