Why Barack Obama doesn’t much care for Britain

December 9, 2010 19:10

What has he got against us? The conventional answer is that he is bitter about the way his grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama, was interned during the Mau Mau rebellion in Kenya. But this explanation doesn’t fit with what Obama himself has written.

Daniel Hannan at The Telegraph


Let’s review the evidence. President Obama received from Gordon Brown a pen-holder made from the timbers of a Royal Navy anti-slavery vessel, and reciprocated with DVDs. He silkily downgraded the UK from “our closest ally” to “one of our allies”. He gave the Queen an iPod full of his own speeches. He used the Louisiana oil spill to attack an imaginary company called “British Petroleum” (it has been BP for the past decade, ever since the merger with Amoco gave it as many American as British shareholders). He sent a bust of Winston Churchill back to the British Embassy.

For example, Obama’s climate change policies make little sense either as an attempt to slow global warming or as a way to make the US more popular. But they make perfect sense as a mechanism for the redistribution of wealth from rich nations to poor. (D’Souza notes, as an instance, the way in which the Obama administration has banned offshore drilling in the US while sponsoring it in Brazil). The same is true of his enthusiasm for nuclear disarmament. It seems bizarre to be pursuing the elimination of atomic weapons in a forum that doesn’t include Iran or North Korea. But, argues D’Souza, this isn’t really about Iran or North Korea. It’s about making America a less warlike, less intimidating, less – in a word – imperial nation.


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