The Demise of the English Bulldog and the rise of the English Lapdog
Farewell English Bulldog, hello English lapdog.
Is Prime Minister David Cameron more of an Obama sycophant than movie guru James Cameron? Based on this from Toby Harnden writing at the Daily Mail, you’d say…yes:
Then comes what must surely be one of the most obsequious things Obama – who is well used to adulation – has ever heard. Obama, says Cameron “has pressed the reset button on the moral authority of the entire free world”.
What? Pass the sickbag. Whichever way you look at it, that’s ridiculous. Under Obama, despite his campaign promises and indeed an executive order when he took office, Guantanamo Bay has remained open. Drone strikes have increased exponentially – it being judged easier to kill suspects than capture and interrogate them. Military trials outside the federal system continue, as does indefinite detention without trial.
Certainly, Obama has delivered some “beautiful words” around the world, starting in Berlin before he was even the Democratic nominee and continuing in Cairo. In Strasbourg, he apologised for the times when “America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive” towards its allies.
But Obama has certainly shown arrogance and dismissiveness towards the UK in a way that President George W. Bush never did. Israel considers the US an unreliable ally under Obama. Iran’s green revolutionaries might question Obama’s “moral authority” after he allowed them to be crushed by Tehran’s theocratic regime, as might the Syrian rebels and civilians currently dying at the hands of President Bashar Assad.
Neither Cameron Crowe nor Cameron Diaz offered an opinion on David Cameron’s frothy fawning.
Will voters be impressed by the roar of the English lapdog?