Thursday, January 13, 2011

Obama Declares France Our 'Best Ally'? - Not Exactly

Some people are getting upset over Obama saying 'We don’t have a stronger friend and stronger ally than Nicolas Sarkozy, and the French people'. They took that to mean that Obama is declaring France our number one ally; thus insulting England. I do not think that is what Obama was implying at all. While it would be an easy case to make that Obama does not consider England as important (or at least is not treating them as well) as recent past presidents have, this is taking it to far. What was Obama supposed to say; 'we only have a few stronger friends than France'? It does not exactly flow as well. At worst, Obama was putting France in our top tier of allies along with anyone else he thinks should go there; which does not necessarily exclude England.

"The remarks also angered conservatives in Washington.

Nile Gardiner, director of the Margaret Thatcher Centre For Freedom at the Heritage Foundation think-tank, said: 'Quite what the French have done to merit this kind of high praise from the U.S. President is difficult to fathom.

'And if the White House means what it says this represents an extraordinary sea change in foreign policy.'Dr Gardiner, a former aide to Lady Thatcher, added: 'To suggest that Paris and not London is Washington’s strongest partner is simply ludicrous.

'Such a remark is not only factually wrong but insulting to Britain, not least coming just a few years after the French knifed Washington in the back over the war in Iraq.'

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