Two big issues here. The first is the deterioration of relationships the United States has with countries that are supposed to be close allies. The second is the chilling prospect that our allies may be falling significantly behind us to the point of being a hindrance to our efforts. That means that if Obama succeeds in stepping us down militarily, our allies will not be able to pick up the slack.
"Defence sources have revealed that the Americans only relented and allowed a Royal Navy frigate to join the mission following an intervention from Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president.
The revelation that US defence chiefs saw little military value in UK participation will raise new questions about Britain’s international clout after Coalition defence cuts.
Amid rising tensions in the region, the Royal Navy last month deployed HMS Argyll, a Type 23 frigate, to the Gulf.
The ship accompanied a US carrier strike group made up of an aircraft carrier with a full complement of fighters, a heavy cruiser and several destroyers."