Undiplomacy

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on September 25, 2009

I recall when during the 2008 campaign, Team Obama promised us that it would restore America’s relations with the rest of the world. I must have missed the part when then-Senator Obama said “except Britain” in the course of qualifying the promise.

I can understand and appreciate the fact that the President’s time is finite. I can understand and appreciate the fact that Gordon Brown is not the most popular person in all the world, and the President doesn’t really like being photographed alongside the Prime Minister. But the Anglo-American alliance is more important than personalities; something that appears to have escaped the Administration, as it has gone out of its way in order to snub and humiliate the Prime Minister.

John Major tried to get Bill Clinton defeated in 1992, the two hated each other, and yet, each tried to get along with the other for the sake of the bilateral relationship. George W. Bush and Tony Blair occupied opposing points on the political spectrum, as Clinton and Major did. If those two pairs of Presidents and Prime Ministers could get along, why can’t President Obama make more of an effort to get along with Gordon Brown? Aren’t the nation’s interests, and the state of the Anglo-American alliance more important than whatever personal or political beef Barack Obama has with the Prime Minister?

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